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America’s D-Day Pledge To Leadership Still Strong

By Rebecca L. Grant, Ph.D.
June 6, 2024 – June 6, 1944, is remembered as a moment of great triumph and sacrifice and the beginning of America’s global leadership. Bonds were forged with allies Great Britain and Canada on the beaches of Normandy. Less than a year later, Hitler was defeated, and the peace won in Europe has lasted to this day. Freedom guaranteed by NATO extends to 32 nations and holds across Europe from Helsinki to Istanbul.

But Europe is not calm. Vladimir Putin pours Russia’s resources into the illegal invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese Communist Party enables Russia’s war. NATO allies are shoring up defenses of their borders, ports, and capital cities. Putin recently issued new threats against NATO nations. His threats and militarism are part of how he holds onto power.

Americans have not forgotten the commitment sealed in blood on D-Day.

NATO is firm in its long-term pledge to assist Ukraine. Once again, America is the arsenal of democracy, supplying tanks, fighters and artillery to European partners, working to speed up an industrial base built for deterrence, not wartime surge. In July, NATO allies will mark the 75th anniversary of the alliance with meetings in Washington.

American leadership is more important than ever. Heirs of the “greatest generation” are facing up to threats from China, Russia and their cohorts. This threat is unlike anything seen in American history because it imperils America’s economy. To win, America must guard its economic security and its high technology base. The heroes who fought on D-Day would expect nothing less.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.

This article was originally published on the Lexington Institute

Rebecca Grant is President of IRIS Independent Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Lexington Institute.