Your item on NMSA (National Minerals Security Act) [Eos, May 19, p. 497] makes depressing reading. According to Mr. Santini: ‘… the hands of a few foreign nations [hold those minerals without which] we cannot build jet aircraft, weapons, or other military hardware vitally important to our national security.’ The implication in the superfluous adjective ‘foreign’ is tangible. Those non-American nations are set up as being a threat; but a threat to what? To a security in which there are several dubious ingredients, not least the means whereby what now needs guarding was itself secured? And, one can ask, to what extent does security form a solid-solution series with material aggrandizement when studied objectively?