"Again, the climate at the top is essential in keeping us safe. If the commander in chief, through speeches and acts, treats the war on terror in terms of its superfluousness, its constitutional criminality, or past American culpability, rather than in terms of its essential role in keeping us all alive, then that message, in insidious ways, will filter down to various branches of the national-security community, whose members will begin to shift their attitudes and actions accordingly."
(Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, professor of classics and military history)
"Now [President Obama] must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor."
(Sarah Palin, former vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska)
Governor Palin said in a succinct phrase what Dr. Hanson said in equally clear, but more academic and intellectual, terms.
If David Brooks can't understand Sarah Palin's point, he will at least have an "educated class" translation available.