Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts We Should Be Hardening Our Defenses

We Should Be Hardening Our Defenses

The George W. Bush Institute 

Two very important – though stylistically very different – reports have arrived recently that underscore the importance of the speech delivered on October 19 by former President George W. Bush. 

Recall that in his widely noted remarks in New York City on that day, one of Mr. Bush’s themes was the need for Americans to “harden our defenses” against ongoing external attacks on our democracy that became apparent around the 2016 elections.  As President Bush put it: 

The Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other. This effort is broad, systematic and stealthy, [and] it is conducted across a range of social media platforms. … We must secure our electoral infrastructure and protect our electoral system from subversion. 

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