I don’t think anyone has to necessarily change their policy goals, but they should at least be aware of the changing landscape inwhich they pursue those goals. That is the crux of the President’s speech today, and Mr. Snowden may not have altered the strategic goals of the intelligence agencies, he has altered the terrain on which they operate, and as such the tactical movements will change to obtain to the same strategic goals, which have not changed. But there will be no perfect world for either priest or heathen.
In that respect I think Ezra Klein’s piece attempted to do the same thing with domestic economic policy. I don’t have a problem with that either. Reaching the the top of the mountain is the strategic goal, which face we climb to get there is a tactical decision.
In both cases I think it is better to make haste slowly.