The Anwar al-Awlaki killing has got to go first, I think. Rather than give my thoughts about it, let me give you a few links: a review of the issues here, and then comments from Jack Goldsmith and Spencer Ackerman -- if I've missed other good contributions, please leave them in comments.
It's October 1st, so time to look at good news/bad news in US and coalition casualties. The bad news is that after a goose egg in August, the US had three troop deaths in Iraq in September. The good news is that coalition deaths in Afghanistan continue trending down. Total coalition deaths are down 80 from January through September 2010. For the US, this September had the lowest total troop deaths (Iraq and Afghanistan combined) since September 2003. That's something, isn't it? It's also possible, although unlikely, that combined Iraq and Afghanistan coalition deaths for the entire year will be the lowest since the Iraq War began. Of course, as usual when I discuss these stats, it doesn't say anything how any (other) war goals are going. but as usual my sense for domestic politics is that what matters, if anything, is the fate of US troops.
The government didn't shut down. The fiscal year ended. The shutdown clock is now reset for mid-November, and it's hard to see how it won't at the very least be a full-fledged showdown, although I suppose it's hard to see from here what the odds are of either a short or a prolonged shutdown.
What else? Some good economic news, some bad, but Europe looms over all of that, of course.
What am I missing? What do you think mattered this week?