Frederick Kagan, an army historian, gave an excellent speech in a conference on the future of the Army on C-span. Will probably be repeated a few more times. Kagan makes the same points I was making in my GOC post, but harder, sharper, and better.
The way he puts it: We are a nation at war, but we are not acting like a nation at war.
The infamous WC appeared last week at Eastern Wash Univ near Spokane. (Initially the college admin had stopped him because of 'security fears', then they gave in.)
Today, the Campus Republicans are going to test the admin's commitment to freedom of speech, by holding one of those affirmative-action bake sales. Wish they'd tried something a bit more original.... Nevertheless, the response will be interesting to watch.
UPDATE: Wasn't interesting. The college admin did nothing (showing unusual common sense for school officials!) and a few campus commies staged an equally ineffectual and unoriginal counterdemonstration.
'Nation at war' should also apply to our handling of internal enemies. The original purpose of Executive Orders was to short-circuit balky or rebellious bureaucracies in times of emergency. Just because Clinton misused them is no reason for Bush to avoid using them PROPERLY. This is in fact a time of emergency, and judges are acting on behalf of the enemy. If Congress doesn't have the guts to eliminate the courts where those enemy agents serve, the executive branch should use its own proper power to overrule them.
If not now, WHEN????????????????????