Superman needs Luthor

Frank J is dissatisfied with the quality of our enemies:

America has been in a slump for a long time. We just can’t get our act together and be the shining city on the hill we used to be, and I think a big part of that is terrorists. Not terrorism; terrorists — in that they are our big enemy right now. The fact is, to achieve great heights, America needs a great villain to overcome, and as long as our big enemy is a bunch of primitive thugs servicing themselves in barren compounds, we’re going to be stuck in a rut.

Read the whole thing for a smile.

But seriously, although I enjoy mocking our enemies, I don’t agree with Frank’s thesis. Terrorists do pose an existential threat to our way of life. It’s true that the terrorists and their state sponsors are much weaker than any enemy we’ve faced before, but unlike the Soviets, we have no way to deter them. When they start using nuclear weapons against us (and we’re running out of time to prevent it), they cannot destroy our country, but they can destroy the open society that we hold dear.

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