December 30, 2009

A Hope or a Prier

Hatched by Dafydd

Paul "Deacon" Mirengoff at Power Line has a short post about failed crotch-bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, or Metal-Knob, whatever: Now that he's lawyered-up, he's clammed up; he has ceased cooperating with the FBI and refuses to rat out his co-conspirators.

Paul adds:

An earlier version of the Post's story included this statement: "Authorities are holding out hope that [Abdulmutallab] will change his mind and cooperate with the probe, the officials said." The Post removed the passage. Whether it did so out of embarrassment for the "officials" or for the newspaper itself is unclear.

I highlight this Power Line post for two reasons: First, to call attention to another gem from the Deke; second, to add the pithy summation that I'm sure was right at his fingerends but failed to make it into the post.

Which keeps America safer: To hope that Abdulmutallab changes his mind and cooperates -- or to prise it out of him with a funnel and a bucket of icewater?

I know which I would pick. I suppose that makes me a vigilante, but sometimes we need the Assembled Avengers more than we need the Constructive Engagers.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, December 30, 2009, at the time of 8:07 PM

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The following hissed in response by: GW

So if I understand our system of security now, it includes a reliance on acts of God and/or jihadi incompetence to frustrate their attempts at the moment of fruition, and it depends on the hope that captured enemy prisoners of war will cooperate with us after they have been given constitutional protections and a lawyer. We are so screwed . . .

Any bets on how long it takes before a successful terrorist strike occurs? If we make it past 2010 without a major incident, I'll be amazed.

The above hissed in response by: GW [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 1, 2010 1:19 AM

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