"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."
Apparently, according to my favorite fake Iran expert Michael Ledeen, it is now objectively Islamofascist to report events in Iran in a way which does not conform to Michael Ledeen's preferred interpretation:
"AL-AP STRIKES AGAIN!
The headline on their story describing, in muted tones, the latest in a long series of demonstrations against the regime:
Rare Iranian Protest Targets Ahmadinejad
Feh. The real headline would have said “Revolutionary protests continue at Tehran U.”
"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for "true patriotism" since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Asked about it Wednesday in an interview with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Illinois senator said he stopped wearing the pin shortly after the attacks and instead hoped to show his patriotism by explaining his ideas to citizens.