First of all, let me wish everyone a Merry Jesus' Birthday. Then, let me tell you the great news: Sec Def Donald Rumsfeld has concluded that Osama bin Laden is no longer in control of Al Qaeda.
Amidst all the hoopla over the fact that our Administration is using its "war-time" powers to implement what some might construe as... authoritarian measures... it seems that we won the war while no one was looking.
The issue with OBL was either capturing him, or failing that, at least ending his control of A.Q. and sufficiently disrupting his and its operations so that he is no longer in control. Plus, Rummy notes that OBL's reticence for around a year means he is, effectively, out of business. (Of course, given that we haven't had a presidential or other federal election since last we heard from him, we haven't needed him to stoke up the fear necessary to get those security moms out voting against their economic self-interests... but I digress...)
Well, OBL out of business... this is truly a Merry Christmas, no?
You're the lawyer, but doesn't this smack of Post hoc, ergo propter hoc reasoning?
Merry Christmas to you, Dawg!
Posted by Linkmeister at December 26, 2005 12:59 PM
Well, I think you realize that 9-11 changed everything-- not merely our temporal laws and fool notions like constitutional protections and treaty obligations-- but the laws of logic and reason as well.
And a Merry Christmas to you as well. (I wonder if it's snowing on Oahu today.)
Posted by the talking dog at December 26, 2005 1:07 PM