From Matthew Yglesias, a story on US-French efforts in the War on Terror. This is the real war on terror:
Alliance Base demonstrates how most counterterrorism operations actually take place: through secretive alliances between the CIA and other countries' intelligence services. This is not the work of large army formations, or even small special forces teams, but of handfuls of U.S. intelligence case officers working with handfuls of foreign operatives, often in tentative arrangements.
Such joint intelligence work has been responsible for identifying, tracking and capturing or killing the vast majority of committed jihadists who have been targeted outside Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to terrorism experts.
This is the real fight against terrorism, and its a fight the French are a real help with. Which is why Bill O'Reilly, with his talk of "Europe getting real" after the London attacks is so full of crap. The kind of covert, shadowy stuff that is effective just doesn't register with conservatives. They think that if it doesn't include huge fireballs and lots of chest beating, it doesn't happen.