Obama & Osama

It’s scary that someone who’s this dopey to begin with may become President and be advised by people who think that Winnie the Pooh should be driving our foreign policy,

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn’t allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the U.S. government finds him.

“First of all, I think there is an executive order out on Osama bin Laden’s head,” Obama said at a news conference. “And if I’m president, and we have the opportunity to capture him, we may not be able to capture him alive.”

He said he wouldn’t discuss what approach he would take to bring bin Laden to justice if he were apprehended. But he said the Nuremberg trials for the prosecution of Nazi leaders are an inspiration because the victors acted to advance universal principles and set a tone for the creation of an international order.

“What would be important would be for us to do it in a way that allows the entire world to understand the murderous acts that he’s engaged in and not to make him into a martyr, and to assure that the United States government is abiding by basic conventions that would strengthen our hand in the broader battle against terrorism,” Obama said.

#1) There’s nothing more overhyped that this, “Don’t make them a martyr” crap. History as a whole and the war on terror in particular have shown us that it’s much more likely that your enemies will be discouraged by the death of an important leader than motivated by it.

#2) The whole idea that it would be terrible if we couldn’t capture Bin Laden alive and give him a trial is ludicrous. In fact, we would be much better off killing him so that there’s no chance that a slick liberal lawyer or a pompous liberal judge will find a way to get him set free.

#3) The Nuremberg trials were victor’s justice, nothing more and nothing less. If anything, the military tribunals we’d be doing at Gitmo would be fairer and more evenhanded than the trials the Nazis received.

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