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Will’s Take: Notion of ‘Never Too Much’ Presidential Safety Is ‘Preposterous’

The idea that Washington can never be too safe is “preposterous,” says columnist George Will.

“There’s obviously something wrong with the culture of the Secret Service agency,” Will said on Special Report, then offered a counterintuitive take. The Secret Service’s cycle of deficiency “results in part because the Secret Service is the most uncontrolled bureaucracy in this town, because no one wants to say, ‘Enough security,’ because the axiom by which the Secret Service operates is, you can’t have too much safety — which of course is preposterous.”

That Washington has become a victim of this view of security is evident, Will observed: “That’s why Washington today looks like an armed camp with all kinds of weird security measures, disrupting pedestrian as well as vehicular traffic.”

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