Forget whether or not the 'torture' tactics on Al Qaeda suspects were justifiable. Debate now rages as to whether they were effective.
He is overseeing the boldest expansion of government in a generation. Is it a 'new pragmatism' right for the times or dangerous overreach by a young president?
The recent spate of attacks have come as US troops are preparing to pull out of urban areas.
The arrest is perhaps the greatest blow to the insurgency since Zarqawi was killed in 2006.