The plane landed safely, a happy Christmas Day ending to an apparent attempt to bring down an aircraft in flight. It’s a good reminder that wherever we are, we potentially have enemies among us. I was glad to hear that the nearby passengers apparently helped subdue the would-be terrorist.
So off to bed — but first, a request to the Obama Administration. I’ve praised you in the past for continuing some of the Bush Administration’s policies regarding national security. But there’s one Bush-era artifact I would love to see you abandon, and I just heard on the TV news that you may be planning to do exactly that. Please — please — scrap the silly color-coded alert system.
There are many, many important issues to consider in the wake of this incident, but whether to raise the threat level from orange to red is not one of them.