Magazine article The American Enterprise

The Dog That Hasn't Barked

Magazine article The American Enterprise

The Dog That Hasn't Barked

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As I write, nearly 1,600 days have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and still there has been no follow-up assault on American soil.

The U.S. has landed 20 million flights over the last year without a terrorist incident. Many millions of sealed trailer-size containers have entered U.S. ports since 9/11. More than 6 million immigrants have joined the American population. The U.S. remains the most open nation in the world, without terrorist attacks.

Is this just good luck? Or is it the result of good policy? Has President Bush succeeded--at least, so far--at the number-one task that Americans have assigned him, which is to keep them safe? Or should we make him change his strategy and tactics?

These questions are especially relevant today. Congress has passed a bill that restricts the ways terrorists can be interrogated. There's outrage in the press at revelations that the National Security Agency has intercepted, without warrants, some international phone calls and e-mails that originate or end in the U. …

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