Law Enforcement Works!
One lesson to learn from the foiled airplane bombing plot, courtesy John Tirman:
First, what stopped this plot was law enforcement. Law enforcement. Not a military invasion of Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, or Iraq. Old-fashioned surveillance, development of human sources, putting pieces together, and cooperation with foreign police and intelligence services.
Time was, Republicans used to tout themselves as being tough on crime. Now they laugh at the concept of trusting cops to keep us safe.
I guess their philosophy now is, "Why bother policing a neighborhood when you can just blow it up?"