Few know this better than Chertoff. In his world, nothing is supposed to happen, and he gets no credit for all that Homeland does to stop attacks. "But that's fine," he says. "What I wouldn't want to do is be in a position where something happened and I said, 'Boy, I had an opportunity to stop it, but I didn't have the willpower.'" If praise is your goal, he preaches, "go to the private sector."
Chertoff credits Howard Kunreuther of the Wharton School of the University Pennsylvania with coining NIMTOF. They met at a conference this year, and Kunreuther recalls that after he mentioned his acronym, Chertoff cheered, "I'm going to use that!" So how'd Kunreuther come up with it? "We were working on NIMBYs and began thinking of other, 'Not In My...'"
By Paul Bedard