Last night the U.S. State Department issued a month-long global
advisory, stating with more ominous certainty than ever before that
Americans traveling abroad during the turn of the millennium might
as well have bull's eyes tattooed on their chests.
The FAA, as if it were anticipating the State Department
bulletin, had just announced stepped up security at all U.S.
airports -- -- more bomb-sniffing dogs, more high-tech equipment --
-- following a series of arrests of suspected terrorists here and
in Jordan. (Those limited background checks on airport personnel
don't sound like such a hot idea now, do they?)
Meanwhile, the White House is caught in the unenviable position
of needing to sound concerned about domestic terrorism at holiday
events without causing a millennium panic.
Time was, the worst thing about New Year's Eve was not having a
date. Has anybody else noticed that this holiday has become way
more trouble than it's worth?