When people say "we must act now!" they are usually wrong. When people say "we can't look weak!" it's usually time to discount whatever else they say.
Protecting modern presidents is a legitimate and crucial goal. Here is some of what it ends up meaning in practice.
We thought North Dakota was too sensible for this.
Americans have often thought of themselves as level-headed and BS-detecting. What would a modern Mark Twain or Will Rogers make of policemen all dressed up for war?
Another poisoned fruit of the post-9/11 sensibility
"If you continue looking up to the sky, you will not notice that the house is already burning from within." A reader in Jerusalem on the real threat to his country.
The U.S. government did its best to keep civilian airliners away from the region.
"I found it very troubling that you sought to create a perception of parity between my experience and perspective and the death of Palestinian innocent civilians." More from the American rabbi in Jerusalem.
"I am very grateful for the Israeli 'know how' that created it, the effective AIPAC lobbying that ensured its funding, and the Congressional and Presidential support that made it available to the citizens of Israel." So writes an American rabbi from a bomb shelter in Jerusalem.
When the fighting is over in Gaza, one of these stories is going to look strange.
... and terrorism too.
If your site reads Safe, it makes sense to change your password. Even if it doesn't yet, a change still makes sense.
Should you take the latest security scare seriously? I do, and here are the steps I am taking.
Thank you, Secret Service. But ... at airports?
"Why was he deployed 10 times? Who the hell cares! What matters is that he was brave, and he volunteered his service, and his sacrifice was noble." Or so the Congress seemed to be thinking.
Taking The Long View of events one day in the past
The substance and the politics of several ensnarled issues.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "We cannot let Israel determine when and where the United States goes to war."
If the nuclear deal is going to fail, let that happen at the negotiating table—and not be engineered under the Capitol dome.
One American president, two possible analogies.