We hear that Dick Cheney spent the last decade or so having nightmares about whether some rogue state would put nukes in the hands of anti-U.S. terrorists.
In order to prevent these nightmares from becoming reality, he was prepared to go to any lengths--torture, domestic spying, whatever--and to turn the U.S. Constitution into an irrelevant piece of parchment filled with flowery, archaic writing.
He needn't have worried, nor should the terrorists bother. We're likely to kill ourselves before they can get to us. The Big Mac and the Whopper are our ticking time bombs.
Maybe instead of tapping our phone calls, Cheney should have been inspecting our cholesterol counts.
If Americans could be weaned off greasy food and smoking, the resulting health benefits we'd enjoy would probably enable us to provide cradle-to-grave medical insurance for everyone in this country, without breaking the bank.
The Scandinavians manage to do this, but then again, a Norwegian's idea of a Happy Meal is a plate of smoked herring.
As they say in Oslo, "Fuggedaboudit."