The list of issues like this—issues that need prompt and careful attention once the Afghanistan intervention is over—is long. (Consider, for example, tough global treaties that would slow the spread of nuclear and biological weapons.) The number of people who are like Paul Wolfowitz—who want to pepper this post-9/11 list with their pre-existing policy goals—is large. Some of these goals (mine, for example!) may indeed make sense in the post-9/11 world. But most won't, and we shouldn't be panicked into embracing any of them.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.