Faster than a command to "lock-and-load," President Obama this week swiftly deployed and targeted a powerful but little-used weapon that could be crucial to winning what America once called its war on terror.
It is a weapon long championed by Obama’s two famous holdovers, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus. And it was targeted this week at the Arab world.
It is public diplomacy.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has chosen, as is his right, to skip his impeachment trial by the state Senate. He is not even mounting a defense. Indeed, his high-powered Chicago lawyer quit the case, saying, "I never require a client to do what I say, but I do require them to at least listen."
For the four men sitting at the end of a bar in downtown Stuart, Florida — on the day commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — Monkey Monday was the term they used to express their contempt for the holiday. And, I surmise, for black people in general.
I overheard only snippets of their conversation. But the phrase Monkey Monday — repeated often, with great emphasis — was unmistakable.
Six days later, at the conclusion of an unforgettable week in U.S. history, I find myself trapped in a moment in time.