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Terrorism, law enforcement, and the military, oh my! June 18, 2008permalink
There's a ping-pong nature to covering a presidential campaign. One candidate serves up a comment in a tv interview. The other side seizes on the comment, invites the media to participate in conference calls with campaign advisers and surrogates who slam back, calling the comment â€œnaÃ¯veâ€ or â€œdelusionalâ€. Those surrogates and advisers are then duly quoted in the press, which prompts the candidate who made the original comment to volley back, which prompts yet another rally. It's the standard way to play the game, so is there any point in covering it here? We at The World have decided it isn't.
So, here's what the campaigns have been talking about for past day or two:
Should terrorism be treated primarily as a law enforcement issue or a military issue?
Here's the comment that started the contretemps:
In an ABC interview on Monday, Barack Obama said the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are proof that the existing justice system can handle terrorism cases.
â€œThey are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated. And the fact that the administration has not tried to do that has created a situation where not only have we never actually put many of these folks on trial, but we have destroyed our credibility when it comes to rule of law all around the world and given a huge boost to terrorist recruitment in countries that say,'Look, this is how the United States treats Muslims.â€
The debate over the right way to combat terrorism has been raging for some time now. The World's Carol Hills decided to call up two people neck-deep in the subject -- but not linked to either presidential candidate -- to get their perspective.
Michael Scheuer worked for the CIA for 22 years. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the Chief of Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center and as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004. Currently he is senior fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. Michael Scheuer says the law enforcement approach to fighting terrorism advocated by Obama is ineffecient and insufficient in fighting terrorism, but that it is no different from what Republicans are already doing.
Andrew C. McCarthy is a former Assistant United States Attorney appointed by Democratic president Bill Clinton. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. McCarthy is currently a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is also a conservative opinion columnist who writes for National Review and Commentary.
Obama creates national security advisory group June 18, 2008permalink
On Wednesday Democrat presumptive nominee Barack Obama met with his newly formed Senior Working Group on National Security in Washington. The panel includes former members of Congress including some who advised Hillary Clinton's campaign as well as three individuals who served in her husband's Cabinet - Madeleine Albright, William Perry and Warren Christopher.
The meeting took place at a hotel ballroom and reporters were only allowed to attend the opening of the meeting. Obama told them, "We continue to face grave threats, not only from terrorism, but also nuclear proliferation, climate change and poverty, genocide and disease. Nearly all of these threats have grown over the last eight years because of the policies of George Bush, which I believe have left us less safe and less respected in the world.
In recent days, the McCain campaign has questioned Obama's approach to fighting terrorism, accusing him of a â€œpre-9/11â€ mindset. The McCain campaign has also criticized Obama's call for greater engagement with U.S. adversaries such as Iran and Syria.
Former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, a leading U.S. authority on national security matters, is also on Obama's new advisory panel. Hamilton co-chaired the blue-ribbon commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks and was one of the leaders of the Baker-Hamilton group that offered Bush a series of options for dealing with Iraq.
The working group also includes several people who have long been close advisers to Obama. Among those are Susan Rice, a former assistant secretary of state, former National Security Adviser Tony Lake and former State Department official Greg Craig.