Sunday, December 27, 2009

He's Heard All Those Things

Andrew McCarthy draws on his experience as prosecutor of the Blind Sheikh in the first World Trade Center bombing to show history repeating itself in the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab:

In Willful Blindness, I recount the debacle of repeated entries into the United States by, among others, the Blind Sheikh (Omar Abdel Rahman) and al Qaeda operative Ali Mohammed

I wonder what the media would be saying if George Bush were still president.

McCarthy also casts doubt on the efficacy of Obama's approach to "militant extremism":

Hadn't Abdulmutallab heard that we are closing Gitmo? Hadn't he heard that we're phasing out military-commissions so we can show the world that we give even the worst mass-murderers civilian trials with all the rights of American citizens?

Hadn't he heard that this is our new, smarter strategy to safeguard the nation from man-caused disasters?

Those are icy rhetorical questions, but McCarthy answers them nonetheless: "I suspect he's heard all those things."