You’re A Bad Terrorism Guy

By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:39 EDT
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imageThe main reason I like poking at Andy McCarthy so much is because it’s like the only thing he knows about terrorism is that whatever Democrats do won’t work. If Obama threatened a year of crotch stompings to all people convicted of terrorist activities, McCarthy would have 750 words penned almost instantaneously about how the terrorist crotch is actually a secret signaling panel to other cells, the foot its most direct activator.

This is June 2008. That means it marks the ten-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s indictment.

He was first charged by my old office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, in June 1998. That was before the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (hundreds killed), before the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole (17 U.S. members of the U.S. Navy killed), and before 9/11 (nearly 3000 Americans killed). So it’s fair to ask: How is that strategy of prosecuting him in the criminal-justice system working out?

That’s a question Sen. John McCain ought to be putting to Sen. Barack Obama every day.

Exactly right. Especially since we have bin Laden in cust…oh, wait.

The central problem with the conservative argument about criminal vs. military pursuit of terrorists (and there’s no reason we can’t do both, but for the ACLU’s insistence that all terrorists get mandatory spa treatment and access to Starz!) is that terrorists are really, really hard to track down. Even when you get your hands on one, they have an odd tendency to be okay with killing themselves. Or lying. Or not actually being terrorists, but instead regional soda distributors whose last name begins with B instead of P, but in the wrong place at the wrong time and conveniently brown.

Also, the National Review? Annoying.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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