Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.
Following the Mumbai attacks, the Indian home minister, Shivraj Patil, resigned to take "moral responsibility" for the deaths of 188 people. After 9/11, no federal officials resigned. Who was US Patil's counterpart?