Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, leaves little room for doubt in hispaean to an Iraqi Christian pastor on The Wall Street Journal‘s opinion page. “‘We have a big vision,’ Pastor Jule says. It’s bold as well. Christian missionaries from America and Europe have found Muslim countries the hardest to evangelize. Pastor Jule, however, is working from within. That may make all the difference.”

Difference to what? Does Barnes really think Iraq is going to become a Protestant nation? Does he see that as a desirable goal? Does he conflate the American war with a spiritual war,Saddam with Islam? Or is The Weekly Standard – read by conservatives and liberals alike for its sharp writing, wit, and skepticism — helmed by a man who can’t make a distinction?