Though it would be hard to make the case that Evan Thomas and Stuart Taylor Jr. are among President Obama?s harshest critics (he?s ?a realist and compromiser who seeks the middle way, not a liberal ideologue,? according to Thomas and Taylor), their latest Newsweek article throws a well-placed jab:

Where Obama has stumbled, though, is when he has allowed politics or a legalistic approach to get in the way of common sense about public safety. While the rantings from the right and from the left should be rejected or discounted, Obama can be a little too Solomonic in his judgment when it comes to balancing the rule of law and protecting the homeland. In some cases, rather than relying on current laws, he should be working harder to change them.