LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christie-Paul fight is counterproductive

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We are currently witnessing a public spat between Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, and Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (“Chris Christie snubs Rand Paul’s offer to ‘kiss and make up,’” Web, Aug. 1). Well, welcome to politics. It’s doubtful that this spat has anything at all to do with 2016.

The problem with the good governor is that he didn’t just point out that President Obama was simply doing his job during the Hurricane Sandy havoc; instead, during the final stage of an all-important presidential election, he fawned all over Mr. Obama, repeatedly praising him for that which the president is simply supposed to do. Mr. Christie overstated for his state, and the likely extra federal monies were not worth the cost. That was uncharacteristically dumb of Mr. Christie, and it surely helped the failed president win re-election.

The problem with the good senator is that he, like his father, does not appear to fully appreciate the role of America, the world superpower, on the global stage. No, we cannot ignore what our influence means with some shallow, one-dimensional notion that we cannot be the “world’s policeman.” If not us, who, and what would be the ramifications of that “who” filling the void (e.g., Russia or China)? Our role is highly important and has been so for many decades.

Both men are outstanding, each in their own way, and both men need to stop behaving this way. They should sit down, enjoy a burger together and come to the understanding that they are not each other’s enemies. Their enemies are the powers that be in the Democratic Party, a party hijacked by far-left loons who dance at the notion of Republican infighting, and at the expense of us all.

ROB ARNOLD

Arlington

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