Scott Johnson has a piece in the New York Post today taking Onama to task for being unaware of history and the law when it comes to terrorism:
This is the "9/10" mindset that John McCain has been hammering away at Obama on for the last 10 days. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be getting much play in the media or traction with the electorate. But it shows Obama truly lacking a fundamental understanding of the War on Terror and more importantly, our own government's response to the challenge.
In his ABC interview last Monday, for example, Obama attacked the Bush approach on fighting terror. He claimed that, in the case of "the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in US prisons, incapacitated."
As an assistant US attorney, Andrew McCarthy prosecuted the perpetrators of the 1993 WTC attack. He calls Obama's statement "a remarkably ignorant account of the American experience with jihadism."
Writing for National Review Online, McCarthy notes: "While the government managed to prosecute many people responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing, many also escaped prosecution because of the limits on civilian criminal prosecution.
"Some who contributed to the attack, like Khalid Sheik Mohammed, continued to operate freely because they were beyond the system's capacity to apprehend. Abdul Rahman Yasin was released prematurely because there was not sufficient evidence to hold him - he fled to Iraq, where he was harbored for a decade (and has never been apprehended)."
Pointing to the later terrorist attacks on Americans and US assets, culminating in 9/11, McCarthy concludes that the law-enforcement approach to combating terrorism was futile.
The worry I have is that we will be attacked by terrorists and Mr. Obama will retaliate in such a way as to make further attacks more likely. This is the essence of our counterterrorism policy; wipe out the enemy before he can hit us and, failing that, making the terrorists and their state enablers pay dearly.
Obama wants to "arrest" the terrorists. John McCain wants to kill them. Who are you going to vote for?