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Posted by Redneck Jim 2012-08-05 11:16||
#2 Happening every day in Afghanistan. 'Catch and Release' is SOP. Ask any soldier.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-05 11:21||
#3 there's obviously a lot of backroom politics going on here. some deal has been reached. The Iraqi's didn't get what they wanted from the USA, so Daqduq walks.
Posted by Raider 2012-08-05 12:12||
#4 'Catch and Release' is SOP.
Catch and release ain't applicable here. The differences are this guy ended up in the Iraqi court system; a lot farther than the average Talibani. He was also released by the Iraqis. US/NATO et al policy in Afghanistan wasn't involved.
I suspect Iran had a large influence on this.
Posted by Pappy 2012-08-05 12:36||
#5 Don't we still have the wherewithal in Iraq to arrange for this character to have an accident?
Posted by Abu Uluque 2012-08-05 14:19||
#6 well, after all, he was a talkative guy, treasure trove of blabbed secrets that we used to whack so many of his colleagues. Oh, and he promised to keep spying for us
Posted by Frank G 2012-08-05 14:38||
#7 Stuff like this is why you don't "sit out" an election or waste your vote on a third party candidate, unless you can look yourself in the mirror no matter what you have done...
Posted by M. Murcek 2012-08-05 16:33||
#8 #4 'Catch and Release' is SOP.
Catch and release ain't applicable here.
A technical point which could potentially be debated, provided one had nothing else to do. The endgame is much the same however. He will undoubtedly go on to kill again.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-05 16:49||
#9 He will undoubtedly go on to kill again.
But applying the premise of applying catch-and-release (a political decision applied by NATO to in an attempt to placate the Afghanis) to Iraq's decision (a political decision applied by the Iraqis to likely placate Iraqis and curry favor with the Iranians) is akin to saying that using columns of heavy armor is applicable to the mountains of Afghanistan, simply because it was used in both wars against Iraq.
Perhaps a pedantic point and non-essential to those on the ground. But those who effectively plan future wars study crap like this.
Posted by Pappy 2012-08-05 17:53||
#10 Is this a great country, or what?
Posted by Bill Ayres 2012-08-05 18:17||
#11 Just another memo to pack in the lower cognitive group for when the Intel guys talk about capturing enemy personnel for interrogation rather than killing them right then and there on the battlefield.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-08-05 19:58||
#12 I wouldn't call this Obama's fault. It was the fault of the neocons, who more or less told us that inside every Iraqi is an American struggling to get out. What we've discovered* is that inside every Iraqi is a troglodyte trying to get out. Iraqis voted in the politicians who picked these judges. Like it or not, the Iraqi voter had much a bigger hand in this terrorist's release than Obama.
* I don't think the neocons lied - they just don't know what the heck they're talking about. Many of them don't know the history, but even the ones that do don't have a basic conservative understanding of what makes humans tick. The conservative view is that they will follow what has been handed down from generation to generation. The neocon view is that they are Americans under the skin who need to be given a copy of the Constitution in order to become just like us.
There is something to the neocon view. The Germans and the Japanese did more or less abandon their old worldviews in the postwar era. But what neocons leave out is the massive shock we delivered to their system, by killing between 5% to 10% of their populations. A similar kind of massive shock is the same reason why so much of the pre-Islamic world in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia converted to Islam - large-scale massacres caused population crashes wherever Muslim armies prevailed.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-08-05 23:36||