To those who think Barack Obama didn't change this country enough for their liking, pay attention to how we as a society have already begun dealing with the Christmas Day terrorist attack differently. It is stark, pervasive, even in the air.
There is no fear. No panic. No alarmism. Not coming from this White House, not from any authorities, not from the passengers (who seem almost thrilled to be the heroes) and as a result, not even in the media. Republicans started whining from minute one, and got more whiny the less the White House used their preferred language of belligerence.
Under George W. Bush, or John McCain, the media narrative would already be settling on whether or not to invade Yemen. Now, the narrative is about soft power – how to reach these wealthy sons of bankers to stop them, how to tighten up our security at airports, how to support reform minded Muslims, how to give alternatives to potential Al Qaeda recruits who are not poor villagers but wealthy intellectuals with an axe to grind.
In other words, Republicans would be doing the terrorists work for them, by spreading more terror. Barack Obama is doing America's work, by addressing the problem calmly, quietly, confidently.
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