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Stanley A. McChrystal

GOP candidates respond to terror attacks with frantic machismo

GOP candidates respond to terror attacks with frantic machismo

National security was the focus of last week's Republican presidential debate, but anyone who paid close attention would not feel especially secure. The thought that one of these faux macho blowhards might be in charge of American foreign policy is far from reassuring.

President Obama gets criticized for his cool demeanor and his distaste for bellicose language, but give me a taciturn Gary Cooper or Clint Eastwood type any day over a man who tries to prove how tough he is by loudly bragging about it. The Republicans should remember the advice of one of their greatest presidents,Theodore Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

Too many of the Republican...

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