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Arena: Did "big brother" work in Times Square? Will familiar post 9/11 partisanship over national security soon break out?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Watching anti-terrorist personnel from several city, state and federal agencies swing into action against the would-be Times Square Bomber one is tempted to conclude that the nation is finally coming together on issues of national security and that the notion that politics stops at the water's edge is at last coming to pass.

With due respect to those who work hard to find common ground in areas of national security, my basic response would be, "I. D.,"---Insufficient Data. Post World War II history offers a mixed picture. Republicans backed Harry Truman's Marshall Plan and NATO initiatives even while many jumped aboard Sen.. Joseph McCarthy's bandwagon attributing post-war setbacks to communist infiltration of government and the military.

Continue reading Robert Zelnick in Politico’s Arena