Tom Junod wrote in with the following in response to Ben’s earlier post:
Point taken on the “lecture from the principal” criticism: you either like that or you don’t, and you didn’t. But I don’t think you got the Al-Awlaki part right. I use the stuff about Anwar to paint — yes, with human interest notes, because that’s my job — a portrait of intended consequence and the stuff about Abdulrahman to paint a portrait of an unintended one…to show both sides of the same coin, as it were. My concern with “the Lethal Presidency” is its inherent expansiveness and its undemocratic leanings, and to me the Abdulrahman story — and its couching in secrecy and silence — is highly relevant to both. I’ve been posting all week about the story on esquire.com, and if you care to look, today’s posts might help clarify what I’m trying to get at. Anyway, thanks for the thoughtful consideration, and excuse me for speaking so loudly from the headmaster’s office.
Here are the Esquire blog posts Junod refers to in his note.