Islamist terrorist arrests across this country since last January run the gamut. White and black, young and middle-aged, single and married, homegrown and foreign born, and legal and illegal immigrants.
The problems that McChrystal identified with the present approach are daunting: a corrupt and illegitimate government, insurgents' use of safe havens in Pakistan, and pervasive fear and mistrust of the international forces.
By abandoning the "war on terrorism" paradigm, President Obama has helped us understand that acts of terrorism will continue in parts of the world, and that we must continue to make such acts as difficult as possible here in the United States.
The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.