Interesting Takes From Home And Abroad:
Time to Boldly Go Once More By Buzz Aldrin, The Washington Post
On the spring morning in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh set off alone across the Atlantic Ocean, only a handful of explorer-adventurers were capable of even attempting the feat.
Why We Endorsed Warrantless Wiretaps By John Yoo, The Wall Street Journal
It was instantly clear after Sept. 11, 2001, that our security agencies knew little about al Qaeda’s inner workings, could not detect its operatives’ entry into the country, nor predict where it might strike next.
CIA As Political Football By David Ignatius, The Washington Post
As other countries watch the United States lacerate its intelligence service — for activities already investigated or never undertaken — perhaps they admire America’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law. More likely, I fear, they conclude that we are just plain nuts.
Presidents Aren’t What They Used to Be By Victor Davis Hanson, RealClearPolitics
From 1933 to 1960, America had nearly three decades of fairly successful presidencies — through the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the threat of nuclear Armageddon.
The President Moves the Economic Goalposts By Karl Rove, The Wall Street Journal
So what’s a president to do when the promises he made about his economic stimulus program fail to materialize? If you’re Barack Obama, you redefine your goals and act as if America won’t remember what you said originally. That’s a neat trick if you can get away with it, but Mr. Obama won’t. His words are a matter of public record and he will be held to them.
New York’s war on terror is over. And few feel it has left them safer By Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian
Terrorism is now one threat among many – including the legacy of conflicts and tactics that were supposed to end it