- The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed the Arab League plan for Syria. Meanwhile, DNI Clapper says Al-Qaeda is infiltrating the Syrian uprising. Whether it is or it is merely endorsing the uprising and launching its own attacks, the radicalization of the Syrian rebels is a real possibility--and it should be of some concern to us, whatever David Rieff says.
- Boko Haram overran a Nigerian prison, freeing 118 inmates.
- Bad news for Tariq al-Hashemi, likely bad news for Iraq.
- The so-called Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The much decried "law enforcement" approach to Abdulmutallab, including his being Mirandized, not only resulted in a conviction and life sentence, but in lots of actionable intelligence, yet again vindicating the law enforcement approach to counter terrorism, as if further vindication were necessary. In other news, the military commissions are struggling with attorney-client privilege.
- The Economist betrays unusual (and gross) ignorance of the workings of the U.S. administrative state in one of this week's leaders, "Over-regulated America." This Editor wonders if the Economist has forgotten OIRA? If it has forgotten Executive Order 12866? If it is unaware that the last three paragraphs contradict the third?
- Sadly, there will be no March 1, 2012 CNN Republican Primary Debate. This Editor is jonesing for another fix of Republican Primary craziness and laments this decision.