They dueled over the question of cuts in NYC security funding.
Marc Thiessen needs no introduction, but if you’re like me, you’re wondering, “so who’s this Jon Powers (with his smarmy ‘ they put $100,000,00 in the stimulus bill, which unfortunately Republicans opposed’, crapola) and what’s The Truman National Security Project”?
Consulting Wikipedia, I found:
Powers served as an artillery platoon leader in the 1st Armored Division, and later as the Battalion Commander’s Adjutant in Baghdad and Najaf. Captain Powers commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Rabena, described Powers as “one of the most talented officers I have known in twenty-two years of service in the Army.” Rabena went on to say that Powers possesses “extraordinary management skills, leadership, and unmatched talent to accomplish the most difficult tasks with minimal guidance.”
Powers returned from Iraq with the intention of becoming a social studies teacher in Clarence public schools. Because of his experience in Iraq, however, he returned to Baghdad and founded the non-profit organization War Kids Relief.
In 2007, Powers decided to run for Congress in New York’s 26th congressional district. Powers received the endorsement of the Democratic Party and the Working Families Party. In a three-way primary for the Democratic nomination, Powers and rival Jack Davis, who had been the Democratic nominee in 2004 and 2006, released a series of negative ads targeting one another. The third candidate, Alice Kryzan claimed the Democratic nomination on September 9th, 2008. Powers remained the nominee of the Working Families Party despite his efforts to have his name removed from the ballot and his endorsement of Kryzan. Kryzan was defeated by businessman Chris Lee in the general election.
The entry is under dispute because of the lack of citations, however. Hm.
The Truman National Security Project is “a national security leadership institute, the nation’s only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security”.
Progressive national security. There’s an oxymoron for you.
Bootcamps are specialized trainings including communications and messaging workshops, seminars on working with the military and veterans, and current issues.
Liberals are always very concerned with “messaging”, aren’t they?
Here’s an example of TNSP in action, last year, prior to the Climate change conference in Copenhagen, via The Politico:
Tying climate change to national security
This week, Operation Free, a coalition of national security and veterans organizations, is sending a group of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans on a 21-state, biodiesel-fueled bus tour to promote the message that climate change could hurt American security. The group was launched in August, a month after the House passed the climate and energy bill.
And Votevets, a left-leaning veterans group, bought $500,000 worth of radio ads featuring Iraq war veterans making the case that the climate bill would help the country become more energy independent and less reliant on oil from the Middle East.
“It’s not just a question of American energy; it’s a question of American power,” concludes the ad.
Some conservative Democrats who voted for the climate legislation in the House faced a backlash against the bill when they went home to their districts over the July 4 recess. Democratic leaders believe that a national security message could give their vulnerable members another line of defense to explain their vote in next year’s elections.
“If you talk about climate change in a way that discusses fragile states that are very vulnerable to its impacts, people realize that it’s our troops that will have to respond,” said John Powers, chief operating officer at the progressive Truman National Security Project, a member of Operation Free.
Climate change, say the organizers, threatens the security of U.S. borders and the country’s food and water supply. Failure to act, they say, could weaken America’s position in the world and the country’s credibility among allies.
In September, Operation Free organized a group of more than 150 veterans from across the country to visit Senate offices and the White House to raise awareness of the national security threats of climate change. They were joined by former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), who had also served as Navy secretary and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Warner, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), sponsored a climate bill last year.
This appears to me to be just another group set up to promote a leftist agenda.