[John O. Brennan,] President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser on Sunday defended the administration’s decision to try in federal court the man charged with attempting to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day and indicated that he would be offered a plea agreement to persuade him to reveal what he knows about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen.
But, hey, Brennan says
Brennan also made the sharpest rebuttal to date to former vice president Richard B. Cheney’s charge last week that the administration is insufficiently aggressive against terrorism and does not appreciate that the nation is at war.
Because, after all, coping a plea is exactly what a country at war allows an enemy combatant to do, isn’t it?
Before you answer that question, ponder Lowballing Death: Keeping the Nothwest 253 Numbers Down, and bear in mind the reason it didn’t happen was because the detonator failed.
UPDATE, Tuesday 5 January
“This isn’t prosecuting a war. This is playing Law & Order.”