re: "Another fifth anniversary"
"President Bush's measurement of the enemy on that day has become the conventional wisdom, and he has mostly done what he said he would do."
"(H)e identifies the networked, "loosely affiliated" nature of al Qaeda's ideological allies, their victories to date, that al Qaeda is leading an insurgency within Islam, and its global penetration and reach."
"The passage also includes two other concepts that have influenced American policy to the present outrage of the American left and transnational progressives everywhere: that we will "turn [terrorists] against each other" and that we will regard any nation that "continues to harbor or support terrorism" as "hostile." An obvious purpose -- if not the purpose -- of indefinite secret detention is to raise the distress and suspicion of terrorists who have not yet been caught -- to "turn them against each other." Those of you who wonder why we won't engage diplomatically with Syria and Iran need to argue that we shouldn't treat as hostile regimes that continue to "harbor or support terrorism." "
"In the main, he has done what he said he would do. Journalists should pull the speech out and ask the administration why it has not done some of the things it said it would do, and its critics why they now oppose policies that they seemed to applaud five years ago."