We’re going to take a 5 day sabbatical to read and the like (Andrew Sullivan gave us the idea earlier on his blog). We’ll continue to check comments. Should something truly compelling break out we won’t be far away.
I once had to brief Condoleezza Rice on a rendition operation, and her chief concern was not whether it was the right thing to do, but what the president would think about it. I would have expected a big meeting, a debate about whether to proceed with the plan, a couple of hours of consideration of the pros and cons. We should have been talking about the value of the target, whether the threat he presented warranted such a potentially controversial intervention. — Tyler Drumheller