*+-Brent Budowsky: It is not acceptable to fail to provide effective and sufficient ground troops. Nor is it acceptable to be dependent on Iranian-supported Shiite militia that wages sectarian conflict against Sunnis.
*+-Brent Budowsky: American liberalism is at the peak of its power during presidential elections, and nothing better dramatizes the resurgent liberal answer to the conservative challenge than the words and teachings of Pope Francis, the most admired public figure in America and throughout the world.
*+-Brent Budowsky: Walker, Giuliani and Republicans like them do not understand this: True patriotism is not quoting scripture, waving the flag, praising the Constitution and speaking of American exceptionalism while playing a politics of bigotry and hate that violates everything America stands for.
*+-Brent Budowsky: The great opportunity for Clinton is to become the first woman president while also becoming a liberal Ronald Reagan: a conviction politician who stands for progressivism, a competent chief executive who believes in governing and a skilled negotiator with opponents at home and leaders abroad.