Nation’s Top Security Experts Want to
Why are we pulling apart instead of
officials from the Right and the Left call on policy makers to
partisan rancor in the name of national security
Washington, D.C. – (Aug. 3) Former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-N.H.)
and former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.) today announced creation of the
Partnership for a Secure America, a policy group dedicated to fostering greater
bipartisanship on matters of national security.
The group released a statement of general principles which
they believe elected officials and other policy makers in Washington should
adhere to when discussing, debating and executing national security policy for
the United States. They plan to release
more issue-specific statements on a series of security issues in the months
“We believe that America
must be strong to be secure,” Rudman said. “We must work together to make American interests, not partisan
interests, our top priority.”
“We are creating this organization because the defense of America
should rise above partisan political concerns,” said Hamilton.
The organization’s 24-member Advisory Board, evenly divided
among Republicans and Democrats, includes six former Senators, four former
National Security Advisors, two former Secretaries of State, four former UN
Ambassadors, and two former governors.
Chip Andreae, former Chief of Staff to Sen. Richard Lugar
(R-Ind.), and Jamie Metzl, former Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee for Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del) and member of President
Clinton’s National Security Council serve as co-chairmen of the board of
directors. Metzl also serves as President of the organization.
“Our country cannot afford the bitter partisan
division that stifles the critical analysis and open debate these challenging
times require,” Metzl said. “We look
forward to working with any and all politicians committed to recreating the
bipartisan center in American national security policy.’’