Don’t Call in the Troops

President Trump lectured governors on Monday that they should get tougher and “dominate” lawbreakers who are looting stores, burning buildings and assaulting police. His words were blunt and unsympathetic as usual, but he’s right that public order is first and foremost an obligation of state and local government. The governors and mayors need to protect the innocent if they don’t want the federal government to call in the military to patrol their streets instead.

Mr. Trump has hinted that soldiers are ready to deploy if need…


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