National Security as Social Policy

One observation is that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are giving foreign policy issues extremely short shrift in their campaign. Instead of discussing them, both are making reference to the idea that the Bush administration hasn't done enough in terms of providing services for veterans. It's true, I think they haven't done enough, but I also think it's a dangerous trap for Democrats to think that talking about this issue is a substitute for talking about the substance of national security policy.