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More Failure for Obama’s Law Enforcement Approach to Terrorism

By Matthew Yglesias on February 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

"More Failure for Obama’s Law Enforcement Approach to Terrorism"

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If only we’d tortured that pants bomber guy we wouldn’t be facing these kind of massive military setbacks:

The Taliban’s top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials.

The commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is an Afghan described by American officials as the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the American-led war in Afghanistan started more than eight years ago. He ranks second in influence only to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder, and was a close associate of Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Spencer Ackerman offers the pragmatic case against torturing Baradar—the goal of our anti-Taliban military operations is to bring some substantial bloc of Taliban types to the table in a bargain, but nobody’s going to give up if they think that means being subject to brutal treatment.

Update

Recent Newsweek profile of Baradar.

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