Kamala Harris surveying the world

Vice President Kamala Harris on December 16.


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The White House is deploying Kamala Harris for year-end interviews to improve her public standing. It is widely accepted that this does not help the Vice President or the country.

The latest example is her interview with


“Face the Nation” on Sunday. After a number of interviews on Covid, the economy and voting rights, host Margaret Brennan turned to foreign policy: “What do you see as the biggest national security challenge facing the United States? What worries you and keeps you up at night? ”

Harris responded this way: “Honestly, one of them is our democracy. And that I can say because it is not classified. . . . I think there’s no question in the minds of foreign policy experts that 2021 isn’t the year 2000. You know, I think there’s a lot of things about foreign and domestic policy, for example. , guided and prioritized based on September 11, 2001.

“And we are embarking on a new era where threats to our nation take many forms, including those of authoritarian regimes with great influence around the world. gender. And so I return to our position on the need to fight for the integrity of our democracy. Also, it’s clearly about what we need to do in the climate crisis.”

In a world increasingly at risk from China, Russia, Iran, cyber attacks and hypersonic weapons, the Vice President sees American democracy and climate change as security challenges. America’s most important. Sorry. Maybe she didn’t want to make the news about a security question, so she went back to her political safe space.

By “our democracy,” she means the new state law that deals with ballot integrity. Whatever those laws are, they are not a threat to the security of the United States. On climate, we would agree with her if she meant the threat posed by the Biden Administration’s policies to reduce the US energy supply and weaken the power grid. But she is referring to rising temperatures and the urgent need to pass policies that have no chance — no — of stopping climate change.

This is not the real world of threats we live in, and it’s dangerous that a year on the job she still can’t speak realistically about national security. The Vice President needs an intervention from those outside his political bubble.

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Appears December 27, 2021, print edition.

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Ethan Gach

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