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Ramesh Ponnuru

Christie's Dumb Attack on Libertarians

The famously combative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out as a national-security hawk yesterday, but any military expert could tell him that picking a fight without a strategy is a bad idea.

Famously combative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came out as a national-security hawk yesterday, but any military expert could tell him that picking a fight without a strategy is a bad idea.

Christie, a Republican, was asked about the rising influence of libertarianism in his party. He could have said any number of things in response. He could have said that he thinks libertarians bring a lot of interesting and important ideas to the table, but sometimes go too far, and that he thinks that fears about the national-security state ordering drone strikes on Americans sitting at cafes are a case in point. He could have said that he understands people's concerns about the National Security Agency's monitoring of phone-call data, but that he is persuaded that it is necessary and that existing privacy protections are sufficient.