Today in the Foreign Affairs Committee, we heard testimony about Palestinian terrorists collecting payments for attacks on the Israeli people. The campaign of incitement and hatred waged by Palestinian leaders is bad enough, but the idea of authorities putting cash in the hands of cold-blooded killers is just disgusting.
Political power across the Middle East has fragmented, like a sheet of glass that shattered into a thousand pieces. Bringing back the "state" is the most urgent task facing the region. As any Palestinian -- or, nowadays, any Iraqi or Syrian -- will tell you, there is absolutely nothing worse than not having a state.
When posed with the possibility of war, in theory, Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice -- when lives are actually lost -- they like invading other countries much less. When an invasion seems like it might be costly, Americans often prefer more limited airstrikes or no military involvement at all.