EDITORIAL: Diplomatic U.S. leader a must

York Dispatch
In this photo provided by Ralph Usbeck an unidentified traveller gets to his feet in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport, in Brussels after explosions Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security. (Ralph Usbeck via AP)

News of the Brussels terror attacks is a stark reminder that the United States must elect a president in whom we can place our unwavering trust.

The Associated Press reported that authorities in Europe and across the world tightened security at airports, railway stations, government buildings and other key sites after deadly attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system.

The attack happened only days after the prime suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Brussels.

European leaders are coming to grips with this all-too-familiar chaos. According to AP, some analysts say Europe will finally have to implement a much tougher level of security not only at airports, but also at "soft targets" like shopping malls — the kind that Israelis have been living with for years.

Of course, Americans are starkly aware of the reality of terrorism at home. Tuesday morning, following the Brussels attacks, authorities in New York City deployed counterterrorism units to crowded areas and transit locations.

Imagine such an attack one year from now, abroad or at home.

Who do we want leading our country when it comes to diplomacy, counterterrorism policy and the complex issues surrounding U.S. security?

These are not situations that call for an artful deal. You do not, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, use deal-making with terrorists like you do when you are negotiating a third or fourth bankruptcy. For all of his bluster, Donald Trump is woefully untested in this realm.

Today, President Barack Obama is at the helm. Agree or disagree with him and his foreign policy, we know that he is not likely to shoot off at the mouth or contradict our ongoing foreign policy approach following the latest terrorism attack in Brussels.

We know what to expect.

Choosing who to vote for is a very personal, moral and philosophical decision.

In light of events on the world stage – unfortunately events we know can happen on American soil – it is imperative that our next leader be a diplomatic heavy hitter who doesn’t waffle, waver or incite further violence through words and actions.

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Fortunately, there are a number of candidates who have stated their records, and done so consistently. We implore our readers to do their homework, really research these candidates and make the most informed decision possible.