Quote Of The Day

“It has taken two years for the Obama administration to snap out of its never-never land approach to national security.   But by announcing a reversal on their plans for civilian trials of terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, they are implicitly confessing that their campaign attacks on the Bush administration were wrong and that decisions like opening Gitmo and military commission trials are the best balance of security needs and protections for liberty.  Military courts will provide a fair trial and allow the United States to protect intelligence secrets, which are the most important weapon in this war.  I still believe, however, that the administration has yet to prove that it can run terror trials successfully, and until thy do, the best choice is still to capture more al Qaeda leaders rather than kill them, and to detain them while exploiting the information that they have.” — John Yoo, regarding Obama’s decision to try KSM via military courts

6 Responses to “Quote Of The Day”


  • Do you agree with Yoo on this?

    I think what this says is when you have normal due process in place you can’t convict this guy. And we want him convicted. So kind of go behind closed doors and have a military tribunal. The trial then is a farce. The conclusion is foregone. Just execute the guy instead of pretending to give him some sort of due process.

    In other words, let’s have a king. Like Stalin. Show trials with confessions extracted with torture make us kind of feel like we care about law, but we don’t. Let’s face what it is we are really advocating here. When our leadership wants someone dead, that’s it. They have no protections. We’re a lawless state. The faux trial masks it.

  • In my opinion we would be wise to reverse the literary convention wherein a quote is followed by the attribution.

    Too often, I spend valuable time reading a quote only to discover that the person being quoted is a discredited, amoral, piece of crap who doesn’t deserve even a few seconds of my consideration.

    Just an observation.

  • Jon,

    I believe it strengthens that argument.

  • What strengthens what argument?

  • “…they are implicitly confessing that their campaign attacks on the Bush administration were wrong and that decisions like opening Gitmo and military commission trials are the best balance of security needs and protections for liberty. “

  • Or they implicitly confess that they want to be the Stalin like leader and wouldn’t want someone else to be Stalin. Do you support the new Stalinist regime, like Yoo? Show trials and confessions extracted with torture.

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