Monday, June 23

big

Last week Obama called for the US to go back to the Clinton era criminal-justice prosecution of terror suspects.

Says Dick Morris in his daily email blast:
"This is big - because that prosecution, and the ground rules for it, had more to do with our inability to avert 9/11 than any other single factor.

"Because we treated the 1993 WTC bombing as simply a crime, our investigation was slow, sluggish and constrained by the need to acquire admissible evidence to convict the terrorists.

"As a result, we didn't know that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the attack until 1997 - too late for us to grab Osama when Sudan offered to send him to us in 1996. Clinton and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger turned down the offer, saying we had no grounds on which to hold him or to order his kidnapping or death.

"Obama's embrace of the post-'93 approach shows a blindness to the key distinction that has kept us safe since 9/11 - the difference between prosecution and protection."
Bush has done such a good job with national security Americans have grown complacent. The natural inclination is to believe we can go back to relaxation, thinking that the oceans will protect us from the Middle East like they once did. Believing that would be a big mistake.

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