From The Atlantic Monthly, Andrew Sullivan on the erosion of American values and reputation by the detentions at Guantanamo Bay (and a slideshow). American barbarity: How do you justify the unspeakable? Simply invoke the threat of terrorism. The third branch of American government: More on Jack Goldsmith's The Terror Presidency. A review of Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown by Frank Furedi. Kevin Drum reviews Fred Kaplan's Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power. Madeleine K. Albright on ten rules for the next president. Cruel to be kind: Why Washington should not reach out to Muslim moderates.

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