Turn on the TV or open social media, and you will see a world on fire. Now, our closest friend and most crucial ally, Israel, has been attacked. It is time for a president with military experience. Only one candidate has that requisite experience: Ron DeSantis.
Over the weekend, as Jews were observing Shabbat and a holiday, Israel was infiltrated by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists who took hold of Israeli towns and cities. Photos and videos proudly released by Hamas were harrowing. They showed young children being ripped from their families, the elderly taken as hostages, women raped and paraded through the streets, and whole Jewish towns massacred. This is the type of savagery and pure evil that we are all battling against.
We need a president who understands the threats that we are facing. Israel remains a partner in a depraved region. Not only has the Jewish state stood by our side, but it is a strategic linchpin in one of the most dangerous regions in the world. The Iranian regime seeks the destruction of America and Israel, and through its terror proxies, have killed thousands of Americans since it came to power in 1979. Driven by a radical Islamic ideology, they chant that Israel is the “little Satan” and that America is the “big Satan.” For our own sake, we must be full partners with Israel and take on the Iranian regime.
DeSantis’ record of service gives Americans confidence to trust his leadership. After 9/11, DeSantis enlisted in the military. He knows what it means to serve, and the toll that service can take. DeSantis served in some of the most dangerous parts of the world in Iraq. While in Iraq, he saw Al Qaeda, as well as Iran through its terror proxies, kill more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers. He understands the destabilizing impact Iran has in the region. As someone who served alongside DeSantis in uniform and has closely followed his career since, I can attest that he is a man of character, courage, and conviction who has always put service before self. We can trust Governor DeSantis to be our Commander-in-Chief, and know that he will facilitate peace through strength
We need a president who won’t make light of national tragedies. It was disgraceful that President Biden was the first president not to attend traditional ceremonies in New York, DC, or Pennsylvania to mark the anniversary of 9/11. The victims’ families, first responders, and our military veterans deserve better. It’s just another example of Biden’s weakness that sends the wrong signal to our adversaries.
It’s even more troubling that Biden’s easing of sanctions on Iran funded terrorist attacks against America’s greatest ally. DeSantis has said he will turn the screws on Iran – abandoning the naïve, failed Obama-Biden strategy. While Biden appeased Iran, DeSantis has called on other states to follow his leadership in proposing stronger sanctions on Iran.
We need a president who can get the job done. It has become obvious to everybody that we need a border wall. Who knows if Iran has already sent agents in our country through the Southern border? Hundreds of individuals on the FBI’s terror watchlist have crossed the southern border since Biden became President. Some frame border security as an economic issue, but it is a national security issue first and foremost. Ron DeSantis understands that point, and, unlike his opponents who promised to build the wall but didn’t, DeSantis will actually get the job done.
As terror unfolds for our friends in Israel, it’s becoming even more clear America needs a battle-tested leader who sees the world the way it is and will fight to protect Americans above all else. Only one candidate is a veteran who answered the call to serve in wartime. Only one candidate deserves to sit in the Oval Office. That man is Ron DeSantis.
About the Author
Prior to founding Massillamany Jeter & Carson LLP, Chris Jeter served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Officer. During that time, he held an array of legal positions with various military commands in the United States and abroad. He continues to serve in the United States Navy Reserve.