In the wake of the thwarted terrorist attempt on Northwest Flight 253, it's time to revisit the Israeli model of airport security, as other countries ask what more can be done to prevent such near-catastrophes.
US military intervention in Yemen and Somalia may excite some Americans, but a multi-front war in Yemen and the Horn of Africa is unlikely to defeat Al Qaeda or provide a measurable return (in increased safety) on US investments of blood and treasure.
I know that there are many proactive measures TSA has taken that are not apparent to frequent travelers like me, but from my vantage point, it seems like they are always one step behind the terrorists.
Twenty years ago, if Yemen's leaders offended the US by voting the wrong way in the Security Council, Washington could react by cutting off aid to its people. After all, those people could not possibly ever be a threat to us.