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James Taranto of the WSJ writes on AG Eric Holder and the KSM trial reversal:

Attorney General Eric Holder was walking with a so-light tread on a roses' petals carpet--a dove on his shoulder, a swallow in each hand, pastel colors butterflies. It was only a dream. It was only a dream, but so beautiful that it was true. A smile on his lips, a smile that he has kept after his dream is over.

Oh sorry, that was Celine Dion.

The attorney general was all scowls yesterday when, according to a poignant New York Times editorial, "Mr. Holder's dream . . . crumbled." The somnolent fantasy in question was the "federal court trial for the self-professed mastermind of Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed," which Holder "described . . . as 'the defining event of my time as attorney general,' " although it did not happen and will not happen.

Well, yes, a failure in the KSM trial, defined as any result other than a death sentence, would indeed have been the defining moment, but not in a good way.  Although Mr. Holder said failure is not an option, in light of the Moussaoui and Ghailani failures it was a distinct possibility.  Much as he grumbles about it, Congress may have saved Mr. Holder from himself.

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