"Few are disputing that the
needs to do more to protect its borders against terrorists. But we face far more plausible threats than terrorists cutting across United States Lake Michiganin small boats.
As a defense against terrorism, militarizing the
Great Lakesis a symbolic defeat. And it is another in a series of incremental changes that threaten to change everything that we take for granted about our country.
The question is how far we choose to militarize ourselves at home in response to terrorism. Turning the
Great Lakes— even on occasion — into a live-fire zone is the kind of decision that says little to terrorists but speaks volumes to the rest of us."