January 15, 2006

YES, BUT I WAS NEVER HELLFIRED MYSELF:

Al-Zawahiri Skipped Dinner Invite (CBS/AP, 1/15/06)

Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader was invited to a dinner marking an Islamic festival on the night of the devastating U.S. missile strike in a Pakistani border village, but did not show up, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday.

Ayman al-Zawahiri sent some of his aides instead, and investigators are trying to establish if any of them were among the at least 17 people killed in the attack, which has caused outrage in Pakistan and a second day of anti-US protests. [...]

The U.S. government has yet to formally comment on the air strike, but Sen. John McCain and other U.S. lawmakers defended it Sunday.

“This war on terror has no boundaries,” McCain, who challenged President Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, told CBS’s Face the Nation. “We have to go where these people are, and we have to take them out.”


One can understand that torturing prisoners is a personal issue for the Senator, but it forces him into the odd position that it's perfectly okay to kill the innocent in pursuing our war ends but not to torture the guilty. Square that circle.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2006 7:23 PM
Comments

"Hypocrisy in the pursuit of the presidency is no surprise"

Posted by: ZF at January 15, 2006 7:39 PM

I see no hypocracy in McCain's pronouncement.

Rather, it is a courageous assertion of our right to strike the enemy whereever he may be found. Just as North Vietnam could not lurk behind the Cambodian border, as though war were a children's schoolyard game, so the present enemy may not escape the justice of the world government by hiding behing a line on a map.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 15, 2006 7:57 PM

Recall that McCain himself stated during the "torture" debate that the President should approve torture in the "ticking bomb" scenario, regardless of whether it is illegal or not.

Posted by: b at January 15, 2006 9:33 PM

Talking Duck

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 16, 2006 12:04 AM

It's no wonder OJ hates progress: this modern-day Hellfire Club is nowhere near as fun as the old one.

Posted by: Kirk Parker at January 16, 2006 5:15 PM
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