Gnat Gonna Bug Me

Matthew Yglesias on choosing to let the gnats bug you:

US policy, by contrast, is dominated by hysteria, moralism, and a self-defeating quest for absolute security. It’s conventional wisdom that terrorism is a tool of the weak, but unwillingness to take a deep breath and realize that al-Qaeda is, in fact, weak. If we want to build a strong, prosperous, respected America then Osama bin Laden can’t stop us. He can only goad us into taking actions that undermine our strength, prosperity, and international standing.

I wonder what could have been done with all the resources, money and within industry, that were spent swatting away at the gnats with brunt force when we could have simply sprayed some cheap bug repellant instead?


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