Quote note (#277)
Fernandez on the subsidence of security into the occult:
If America still mounts guard on the Wall, it must do so in secret. Recent events show that only acceptable way to provide the guard is with Special Forces and drones and spooks and PMCs. In a word, the West must be defended by things that are deniable and disposable.
Democracy ensures that grown-up government can only happen in secret.
(This was prompted by Fernandez, too, on basically the same topic.)