"They intend to kill us. And if we don't destroy them first, we're going to pay the price," said House Speaker John Boehner this Sunday.
One hopes this is a bit of rhetoric rather than an expression of actual panic, but the danger is there nonetheless.
Who are they, this faceless hoard we have to kill off really really quickly lest they get us first?
What are the lengths we're willing to go to in the urgency of this situation? What of collateral damage?
What is the price we would pay for acting rashly? Who's worked that through?
Faceless, zombie-like hoard of an enemy that may be among us, body-snatchers style? No time to lose? It's us or them?
This isn't how wars are ended - it's how they're started.