As a precocious political theorist I once diplomatically accused my seventh-grade math teacher of employing Marxist tactics for announcing he was going to give every student a C on the next exam, irrespective of their test performance.
There may be much attention paid, and justly deserved, this Father's Day to the extraordinary September 11 heroes of the New York police and fire departments, to the heroes of Flight 93, and to the scores of brave young soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the War on Terror.
In their enthusiasm to bash the Bush administration for its handling of the war -- which Democrats consider an annoying distraction from the real business of government, which is redistributing income -- the left has embraced FBI agent Coleen Rowley as a modern Joan of Arc.
As Congress investigates the FBI and CIA's handling of intelligence information prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, it is important to remember that simply learning not to make the same mistakes will not win this war. Our enemies have proven themselves to be fluid thinkers.
It is not clear whether the newly proposed Department of Homeland Security will have jurisdiction over terrorists who have been captured.
One of the problems that urgently needs some serious thought by President Bush's proposed new Homeland Security Department is the problem of what to do about enemies already living within this country.
President Bush is engaged in feverish diplomacy to stop an India-Pakistan war. He is mulling over an "American Plan" to end the Israeli-Palestinian war. And he has just sent his secretary of defense to NATO to line up allies to launch an American-Iraqi war.