John Kerry followed up a fairly successful acceptance speech at the nominating convention with a stupendously silly statement on Friday that again reveals the nature of the Democrat’s thinking on terrorism. Rather than calculating the value of interrogating Osama bin Laden or the security requirements that would necessitate a military tribunal for his disposition, Kerry instead proposes to put Osama on public trial — several times:
John Kerry said Friday he would put Osama bin Laden on trial in U.S. courts rather than an international tribunal to ensure the “fastest, surest route” to a murder conviction if the terrorist mastermind is captured while he is president.
“I want him tried for murder in New York City, and in Virginia and in Pennsylvania,” where planes hijacked by al-Qaida operatives crashed Sept. 11, 2001, Kerry said in his first interview as the Democratic presidential nominee.
So Kerry wants to create the traveling Osama Bin Laden Road Show and Legal Circus, complete with Johnnie Cochran for the defense and Judge Lance Ito expressing his pain at anyone who impugns his wife’s integrity. We all want to see intelligence and military officials forced into revealing surveillance techniques and covert operatives in order to assure bin Laden’s right to a fair trial. Kerry wants to do this three times, maybe more, plus then have the appeals process grind on for several years afterward, all giving bin Laden himself a perfect platform from which to preach his murderous homilies to an enraptured world. Geraldo can have the first exclusive interview, and Fox will have Greta van Susteren prattle on ad nauseum regarding proper court procedures.
Is Kerry on another planet? Unfortunately, no. Statements like these clearly demonstrate that Kerry wishes to hearken back to the failed policies of the past, when presidents treated terrorists like criminals and agonized over legal strategies to incarcerate them, having first abandoned the death penalty in order to have suspects extradited. Suggesting that Osama get tried in criminal court shows Kerry to be a 9/10 candidate.