Conservatives divided over whether Obama is killing too many terrorists

Blog ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

It appears there's some division in the ranks of the right-wing media's "terrorism experts." This morning on Fox & Friends, Michael Scheuer explained that the recent capture of Taliban military commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is no big deal, because "you win wars by killing people, not capturing them," and commented that currently, "we're not killing enough people" in Afghanistan, "we're simply apologizing."

(We're still waiting, by the way, for Scheuer to apologize for calling the Obama administration "pro-terrorist," asserting that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel wants terrorists to attack the United States, and, of course, saying that "[t]he only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States." We do not have high hopes.)

Scheuer's comments took us back a bit, because just last week, former Bush speechwriter, incoming Washington Post columnist, and torture advocate Marc Theissen took to Foreign Policy to offer the ludicrous charge that the problem is that the administration is killing too many terrorists. Apparently, Theissen thinks that "the Obama administration is no longer attempting to capture men like these alive; it is simply killing them," which is a dilemma because "[w]ith every drone strike that vaporizes a senior al Qaeda leader, actionable intelligence is vaporized along with him."

Of course, as Adam Serwer notes over at American Prospect's TAPPED blog, "The drone attacks are the 'actions' taken as a result of acquiring 'actionable intelligence.'"

A year into the Obama administration and the right-wing are arguing over whether Obama is killing too many terrorists, or too few. It's enough to make you wonder if there's anything they won't use to attack Obama.

Michael Scheuer
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