Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Osama bin Laden: wanted dead or alive?

I just listened to an interesting discussion on FoxNews regarding Attorney General Eric Holder's statement that Osama bin Laden would not be taken alive. The "Left" side in this debate argued that bin Laden sleeps with a bomb and has said he would never be taken alive. The "Right" side of the debate argued that even if that is so, no one can know whether he will be taken alive or not, so Eric Holders' statement was just wrong.

Interestingly enough, no one discussed a third option. Is it possible that Eric Holder, in his desperate attempt to defend himself, slipped and let out confidential information about some kind of (illegal) high level directive to the effect that Osama bin Laden is to be killed on sight, i.e. that taking him alive is not to be an option?

Just wondering.

UPDATE: General Stanley McChrystal affirmed today in an interview that U.S. troops would indeed capture Osama bin Laden alive if possible.

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