After losing tens of thousands of lives during WWII to liberate Europe, why should Americans again come to the defense of Europe, threatened now by Russian aggression and Islamist fanaticism? Because the loss of a continent that has finally achieved democratic governance from the Atlantic to the Black and Baltic Seas would be a catastrophic loss to our own democratic enterprise. Also, because defending democracy and freedom abroad is protecting and preserving it at home. These are the lessons I relearned at the Normandy American Cemetery. I have written more about this for National Interest.
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