It is not news that excessive partisanship has led to gridlock in Washington. Many of the chronic problems we face, from immigration policy to soaring budget deficits to the solvency of Social Security and Medicare, repeatedly get kicked down the road as one or both parties reject bipartisan solutions.
Less noticed is how corrosive this stalemate is to national security policy and foreign affairs. Once, partisan politics "stopped at the water's edge." No more. Now defense and foreign policy challenges – even those that are highly technical – are among the issues most exploited for partisan gain.
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