one: Conservatives are now criticizing Obama for killing terrorists, not detaining them?

Yes, they are. CPAC yesterday:


Bush Official Criticizes Obama For Killing Too Many Terrorists

Just how unpopular are President Barack Obama’s anti-terrorism policies with his Republican critics? Even when he’s killing terrorists they find flaws . .

“Why have executions increased?” asked Viet Dinh, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and one of the authors of the USA Patriot Act. Citing a recent Washington Post article on the increased targeted killing of terrorists, Dinh complained that “the president and vice president expound this fact as a fact that they are actually successful in war.”

“That doesn’t mean I think they are not illegitimate,” he added. “No, we have every right to kill the other side’s warriors. But at what cost? When we do not have an effective detention policy the only option we have is to kill them before we can detain them. And if we don’t detain them, we don’t know what they know and what they are up to.”


I’m certainly no counter-terrorism expert, so I’m not embarrassed to admit I’m confused by this.

But here I go: If we knew pretty much everything about all the terrorists out there, wouldn’t we then . . kill them? Starting with the leaders, kill them all, wipe them out? Isn’t that the best possible realistic outcome for us in order to stop them cold?

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, say officials

Al-Qaeda leader killed in North Waziristan drone strike

Son of feared Taliban leader killed by missile fired by American drone


This isn’t good enough?

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