Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX) published a piece for Human Events today.
Across the country, people are angry and frustrated at a government that seems to care more about itself than about the American people and their future. Among the most troubling developments is the increased use of national security to provide political cover -- both for politicians and for controversial legislation that cannot pass on its own.
This “politicization” of national security is not only wrong, it makes it harder to protect the country.
The examples of this politicization are plentiful and increasingly problematic. Recently, President Obama signed into law the Defense Authorization bill, which included controversial hate crimes legislation that could not pass as a stand-alone bill. There are rumblings that another national security bill, the Defense Appropriations Act, may have D. C. voting rights or an increase in the national debt limit attached to it.
But these abuses are just the tip of the iceberg. Our national security continues to suffer from the controversy surrounding congressional notification about interrogation techniques and the subsequent investigation to protect Speaker Nancy Pelosi.