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Op Ed in the Washington Times on Counterterror

I have a piece in today's Washington Times about the problems with backsliding to a law enforcement model for fighting terrorism. After spending last weekend at the rally in NYC to protest the asinine idea of trying KSM there, it is brutally obvious the entire basis for our counterterror efforts is in question. The piece focuses on the difficulties our special operators will face if they have to start playing cops and robbers on the battlefield. A ridiculous concept I know, but one we are forced to consider a distinct possibility.

Navy SEALs or CSI?

The transition to a law enforcement mentality in our efforts to combat terrorism will create many challenges. Special operatives tracking down the world's most menacing killers will have to make sure they have their Miranda cards handy. 

If we are to try terrorists in U.S. federal court, we must ensure their capture and any evidence we will use meets the rigorous standards of our judicial system. This poses concerns about the methods and tactics our special operators use to conduct the raids that bring these savages to bay.

A raid into enemy territory to capture a terrorist alive is one of the most complex undertakings we attempt short of space flight. You could call it an intricate martial ballet, but I liken it to conducting a Beethoven symphony with all the players and instruments in free fall, hurtling toward Earth like a phalanx of lawn darts. So many facets must occur in perfect harmony that adding additional complicating factors is inviting failure.

The rest is here.

And Froggy, you can thank me for the shout out to you and your ball-spinning amigos. You know I love you aquatic assassins. How do you infil Afghanistan though? Looks landlocked to me.

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