Lee H. Hamilton
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The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”
It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate.
In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said.
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?