Another war president, after all

The Economist
January 7, 2010

“YOU may not be interested in war”, Leon Trotsky is alleged to have said, “but war is interested in you.” On Christmas Eve Barack Obama embarked on a delayed holiday in Hawaii, having lingered to watch the Senate pass its health bill. But thanks to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s bungled Christmas-Day bomb plot, the president returned to Washington this week with more urgent priorities: to fix a broken intelligence system that he says is endangering American lives, and to rebut Republican allegations that he does not “get” the war on terrorism.