Michelle Malkinresponds to Ezra’s health care debate challenge by taking several thousand spittle-flecked words to essentially say that while she'd love to give Ezra the whupping he so richly deserves, she thinks she hears her mother calling her for dinner, and she has to run home right now.
"The word that one hears again and again here, but is so rare in the domestic political debate, is “complex.” The war is changing at least every six months, and every area of the country — even every neighborhood in Baghdad — has a different dynamic. An officer at Forward Operating Base Justice in northwestern Baghdad explains that one translator who works there has to take three or four different taxis to get to the base, with a different faction ready to kill him from neighborhood to neighborhood."
Bret Stephens performs the favorite conservative trick of defending the use of torture by defining methods of torture which he favors as "not torture":
"For the record, count me as one who does not object to the interrogation to which KSM was reportedly subjected, including waterboarding. This is not because I take the use of waterboarding lightly (although I have a hard time concluding that a technique, however terrifying, to which CIA officers are willing to subject themselves experimentally can properly be counted as torture). It's because I take the threat posed by KSM seriously."