And, as has been the case all too often in his presidency, they are both right.
It does give us some hope, however, when our commander-in-chief is willing to see an end to the war on terror. Perhaps one day we too can envision our nation returning to its fearless roots, growing again in freedom and democracy, unhindered by the constriction of terror.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.