Adam Serwer reflects on Shahzad's guilty plea:
Unlike those individuals who will be tried by military tribunals, Shahzad can make no credible claim to being a soldier. He is a traitor, an attempted murderer, and a hapless terrorist whose fragile ego is clinging to a warrior narrative because it's the only way he knows to hold on to the last shred of dignity he has. With the sharp knock of a judge's gavel, that meager comfort was denied. That's exactly how it should be.