On Tuesday in Washington, I described in the terrorists own words what they believe, what they hope to accomplish, and how they intend to accomplish it.
- Problem 1 - When the President elevates the status of the "terrorist own words," he places them in a category of human beings that don't deserve the status nor the stature such mention warrants.
Osama bin Laden has called the 9/11 attacks, "A great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the righteous [Caliphate]."
- Problem 2 - The President and Osama himself overestimate the ability of bin Laden's hateful course of action to unify the Muslim people. Can there be anything that can unify such a diverse set of peoples?
Information from the terrorists in CIA custody has also played a role in the capture or questioning of nearly every senior al Qaeda member or associate detained by the U.S. and its allies since this program began.
- Problem 3 - If we have held supposed terrorists for this long, why does it seem that they have not been brought fully to justice?
As soon as Congress acts to authorize these military commissions, we will prosecute these men and send a clear message to those who kill Americans: No matter how long it takes, we will find you and bring you to justice.
- Problem 4 - On the face of it, it appears that the President is trying to legislate his way around the SCOTUS rather than follow already existing laws regarding the treatment of prisoners.
We are safer today because we've acted to address the gaps in security, intelligence, and information sharing that the terrorists exploited in the 9/11 attacks.
- Problem 5 - Given that I live near a major port, I certainly don't feel safer because of the actions taken by the administration.
The war on terror will be long and difficult, and more tough days lie ahead. Yet, we can have confidence in the final outcome, because we know what America can achieve when our Nation acts with resolve and clear purpose.
- Problem 6 - As the GWoT turns rhetorically for the W, Rove and Co to the "decisive ideological struggle of the 21st Century," how can there ever be an end? Is it going to become similar to the never ending "war on drugs?"