Benjamin E. Sasse

Once we affirm the goal of trying to make sure that you don’t have jihadis infiltrating terrorist flows, we need to make sure we’re doing it in a thoughtful way that’s thinking about the 10 and 15 and 20 years long battle we’re going to have against jihadists.

“Once we affirm the goal of trying to make sure that you don’t have jihadis infiltrating terrorist flows, we need to make sure we’re doing … Read More

There are two ways that you can go wrong in our long-term fight against jihadis. One would be to not acknowledge that terrorism and especially jihadi-motivated terrorism, comes from specific places in the world and is connected to specific ideologies. But another way to fall off a cliff and harm our long-term interests would be to imply that the U.S. is at war with Islam.

“There are two ways that you can go wrong in our long-term fight against jihadis. One would be to not acknowledge that terrorism and especially … Read More

There is no equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs that are in [Vladimir] Putin’s defense of his cronyism. There’s no moral equivalency there.

“There is no equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs … Read More

The president is the president. And every American, regardless of who you voted for, if you voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Donald Duck, I don’t really care. We should all hope that the president does a good job, that he’s surrounded by wise counselors, that he advances U.S. interests.

“The president is the president. And every American, regardless of who you voted for, if you voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Donald Duck, I … Read More

I don’t think we do a great job in America any more of distinguishing between campaigns and governance. We live in an environment that’s all campaign all of the time and it’s helpful, now that we’ve moved beyond a campaign and an election to get into a governance posture.

“I don’t think we do a great job in America any more of distinguishing between campaigns and governance. We live in an environment that’s all … Read More

While Admiral Neffenger is an impressive man, it is naive and dangerous to pretend installing one director can heal what ails TSA, the Department of Homeland Security needs to admit that it has a crisis of bureaucratic complacency – lacking an overarching vision and coherent measures of success and failure.

“While Admiral Neffenger is an impressive man, it is naive and dangerous to pretend installing one director can heal what ails TSA, the Department of … Read More

It’s not natural to have to suffer when we work. We’re made to be productive, and yet the world we live in, there’s a whole bunch of suffering. And what they need to understand as 10-year-olds, so that when they’re 15 and slightly less protected, and when they’re 20 and they’re moving into a truly semi-independent state, they need to have experienced that memory of persevering and having gotten through hardship.

“It’s not natural to have to suffer when we work. We’re made to be productive, and yet the world we live in, there’s a whole … Read More

The real number of the US’ obligations, unfunded obligations that we’re passing on to our future generates is more like $70 trillion to $75 trillion. The vast majority of that is health entitlements – Medicare, Obamacare, Medicaid. There’s also Social Security, interest on the debt. But fundamentally, health entitlements are the thing that will bankrupt our kids. We need to fix that for the long-term.

“The real number of the US’ obligations, unfunded obligations that we’re passing on to our future generates is more like $70 trillion to $75 trillion. … Read More

Truth affirms freedom of speech. Putin is no friend of reli – freedom of speech. Putin is an enemy of freedom of religion. The U.S. celebrates freedom of religion. Putin is an enemy of the free press. The U.S. celebrates free press. Putin is an enemy of political dissent. The U.S. celebrates political dissent and the right for people to argue free from violence about places or ideas that are in conflict.

“Truth affirms freedom of speech. Putin is no friend of reli – freedom of speech. Putin is an enemy of freedom of religion. The U.S. … Read More

So [Vladimir] Putin is a mess. He’s committed all sort of murderous thuggery, and I am opposed to the way Putin conducts himself in world affairs, and I hope that the president also wants to show moral leadership about this issue.

“So [Vladimir] Putin is a mess. He’s committed all sort of murderous thuggery, and I am opposed to the way Putin conducts himself in world … Read More

People think if they voted for somebody, they should reflexively defend everything they do or say. And if you voted against somebody, you should just as reflexively oppose everything they do or say. It’s not very helpful. What’s more constructive for our kids is to go on a case-by-case basis, evaluating particular policies.

“People think if they voted for somebody, they should reflexively defend everything they do or say. And if you voted against somebody, you should just … Read More