These things always sound better in French, don't you think? It is from the "libre de penser" pages of the newspaper Le Devoir of Canada. Francophones are big on pensing -- have you ever noticed how in France, even the corporate executives look like philosophy professors? Bonus is the byline: "Serge Truffaut," which sounds like it was made up by a writer for Saturday Night Live.
Anyway, I say: La méfiance est mère de sûreté.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.