Today's assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto once again places foreign policy and national security front and center as we head into 2008.
We live in a dangerous world. When will we realize that we are living through historic and treacherous times? How often do we need to be reminded of this?
As we prepare to choose a new leader for the free world we must put aside passing and frivolous concerns. We need someone who is seasoned, experienced, sensible and well-versed in world affairs.
We need someone who has truly served -- someone who has been responsible for leading, for making tough decisions, for exercising sound judgment. This is no time to take a chance on anyone who has only served briefly in public office or who has led a small, insignificant state or jurisdiction.
A sunny smile or clever turn of the phrase or mindless declaration of "compassion" simply will not suffice.
We are facing a long, protracted struggle with forces that want to destroy us. This is a time for seasoned, trusted, tested leadership.