Children no longer live in a world of simple fears like those experienced by Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. She gasped, "Oh my!" after learning she may soon encounter frightening "Lions, tigers, and bears."
Caught between military rule and increasing violence from Islamist groups, there is less space for peaceful dissent. Perceiving threat everywhere, the government is becoming a new sacred cow, inscrutable and unquestionable even to the most established and unimpeachable critical voices.
Instead of trying yet again to find exactly the right formula or even reinventing warfare, perhaps the U.S. military needs to reinvent itself and its raison d'être if it's ever to break out of its long cycle of failure.
Barack Obama has normalized George W. Bush's Wall Street, education, and "anti-terrorism" policies. So, welcome to the new normal, where Wall Street criminals go free, whistleblowers are prosecuted, and tens of millions are unemployed.
Here is a scenario of a terrorist assault against the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel along with a set of counter-terror practices we could employ to protect ourselves. It's an unsettling story but one that needs to be heard.
If I listen to ordinary Americans talking candidly about their views of Muslims, I too often hear deep grief, anger, bitterness and resentment. But I believe that most of these folks are actually not Islamophobic and don't want to be.
In response to the horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001, federal officials have taken extraordinary steps to prevent other airliners from being turned into incendiary devices. Yet Congress has repeatedly failed to deny suspected or known terrorists easy access to guns and explosives.