NUCLEAR TERRORISM….Nick Kristof follows up Wednesday’s column with another one about nuclear proliferation. He’s not happy with our current efforts to stop it:
The Nunn-Lugar program to safeguard [nuclear] material is one of the best schemes we have to protect ourselves, and it’s bipartisan, championed above all by Senator Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican. Yet President Bush has, incredibly, at various times even proposed cutting funds for it. He seems bored by this security effort, perhaps because it doesn’t involve blowing anything up.
This is the flip side of Bush’s obsession with grand strategy: more prosaic things like this just aren’t exciting enough to get his attention. Maybe an “iron butt for grunt work” wouldn’t be such a bad trait in a president after all?