"Let nothing human be alien to me"- Terence

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Baradar reaction

Steve Coll thinks that this is very good news.  Money quote.

If, through a combination of pressure and enticement, Pakistan and the United States can draw sections of the Taliban into peaceful negotiations, while incarcerating those who refuse to participate, it will produce a sweeping change in the war. With enough momentum, such a strategy would also increase the incentives for Pakistan and Taliban elements to betray Al Qaeda’s top leaders. It’s been a while since there has been unadulterated good news out of Pakistan. Today there is.

Glenn Beck thinks that we should shoot him in the head, meanwhile.   

"But with these people that are currently running our country, they'll make the troops the bad guys and everything else...shoot him in the head before we all of a sudden release him into, what, primary schools in New York City? What are we gonna do with this guy?"

I guess I hadn't actually thought of that possibility.  I'm glad that I don't have any kids in New York (or anywhere, I guess)- I'd hate for them to go to school with a Taliban leader!   I don't know.  I kind of feel like there is a middle ground between summary execution and outright release.

See, Coll thinks this is good, but Beck doesn't think anything good can come of it, thanks to Obama.  I'm gonna spend some time thinking about which foreign policy expert I trust more, and I'll get back to you.


  1. I wonder just what, ummm, 'pressure' Baradar is now undergoing at the hands of the Pak interrogators. Of course the USA's hands are clean; after all, we only helped capture him and left him to the tender mercies of the Pakistan government. I'm sure they wouldn't do anything more than, oh, might happen at Club GITMO. Rendition, anyone?

  2. Yeah, I am uneasy about this as well. Beside the moral implications, thinking that you might be tortured is not going to help any fence-sitting Taliban to cross over.

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