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What don’t the presidential candidates get about national security? Try this on

Here’s a list. For explication of the points, read the whole damn thing.



Here’s a list. For explication of the points, read the whole damn thing.

They Pander to Simplicity

They Don’t Know Normal

They Misunderstand and Misportray Terrorism

They Lack Long-Term Strategy

They Lack Confidence in Their Own Military Judgment

They Fail to Understand How Drones Change Their Power

Their Worldview Model is Unraveling

They Get Cause and Effect Wrong

They Wait Too Long To Name Security Advisors

They Talk the Wrong Talk

They Don’t Get The Costs of Endless War, Or How to Exit Them

They Don’t Get Imperfection

They Don’t Get to Declare War Anymore

They Lead An Electorate That Doesn’t Know Peace

They Don’t Understand The Meaning of Power

They Haven’t Learned That Foreign Wars Aren’t About Domestic Audiences

They Aren’t Dealing With China

They Don’t Understand The Technology Of Today, and Thus The Wars of Tomorrow

They Aren’t Taking Resilience Seriously

They Fail to Understand Their Words Matter, Abroad

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at Twitter: @tomricks1
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