Let's get this straight, readers. The NYPD did not -- repeat, did not -- undermine the FBI's investigation of Najibullah Zazi's 2009 plot to blow up the New York subways. At least, that's what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says.
Counterterror NYC, a National Geographic special, blindly and uncritically endorsed NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's high-tech approach to fighting terrorism. It failed to address Kelly's fatal flaw: his ego.
The failure of Shahzad's plot serves as a reminder that the capabilities available to terrorists seeking to harm us are drastically limited. This lesson seems to have been lost on the plethora of terrorism "experts" that took to the airwaves this week.
There can sometimes be a case for military intervention or use of drones. But the high costs of these tactics must be recognized and weighed. To reduce terrorism, Washington should do less, not more, abroad.