I still think Obama adopted just about the right tone in his little talk about the undie bomber the other day. However, the word is that in the private meeting with his advisers he chewed them out and made it clear that the gummint had dodged a bullet largely because of citizens rather than the government. Too bad he didn't acknowledge this in his public talk. It almost seems as if he regrets spopntaneous action by ordinary citizens rather than celebrating it. If the government continues to act as if only the government can fix terrorism it will never be fixed -- well, maybe not never since terrorist activity almost always dies out after a while.
And of course, he's not close to taking the single most effec tive step toward safeguarding Americans, which would be to withdrawal military personnel from all Muslim countries as quickly as possible. But the commitment to "fixing" the world, which not only puts military people in harm's way but increases the danger to ordinary Americans, comes way ahead of what all presidents claim is their main duty, protecting the Amertican people from harm.