No one can scientifically predict the future consequences of drone strikes, cruise missile attacks, and night raids. But from my experience in several undeclared war zones across the globe, it seems clear that the United States is helping to breed a new generation of enemies.
Another president has now assured us that someday, in a distant future, in a way that we might not even notice, we might possibly find ourselves approaching the sort-of-end of what will have been a 20- or 30-year conflict.
Those who imagine the era of overreach in the name of national security coming to an end any time soon would do well to remember that some spectacular national security trials are on the horizon -- and that we may be entering a new age of governmental vindictiveness.
Smerconish said that, as a Republican, he supported Obama's approach to the hunt for Bin Laden, that moving immediately on intelligence was not naive. And McCain, remarkably, conceded that he too agreed with Obama.