The Monitor asked: Where should Osama bin Laden be tried if he's caught? Dean said he didn't think it made any difference, and if he were president he would consult with his lawyers for advice on the subject.
It doesn't make any difference? Somehow, I don't think that's going to play well with the US public.
But wouldn't most Americans feel strongly that bin Laden should be tried in America - and put to death?
"I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found," Dean said. "I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials. So I'm sure that is the correct sentiment of most Americans, but I do think if you're running for president, or if you are president, it's best to say that the full range of penalties should be available. But it's not so great to prejudge the judicial system."
This is a tough one for me.
On the one hand, the rule of law is extremely important, and prejudicing juries is most assuredly a bad thing. Obviously, I also support "innocent until proven guilty".
However... on the balance, I think I prefer Bush's calm assurance that Saddam "should get the ultimate penalty". I'm not sure I want a commander in chief who won't step out on a limb and say, "Yeah, I think Osama is guilty", let alone endorse the death penalty.
And Dean lays out his mission statement:
"The bottom line is, what kind of foreign policy experience do you want in Washington, in the White House?" he said. "Do you want the kind of foreign policy experience that was willing to vote for the Iraq war, or not?"
Very good rhetoric, but what about this
And how will he convince swing voters who weren't so opposed to the war to fire President Bush?
"By going after him on terrorism, where he's really weak," Dean replied.
Yeah, good luck with that.
All in all, I've been paying attention to the candidate for months, and I'm still trying to figure the man out. Given that he's the likely nominee, I'll have plenty of time to learn...
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 26 December 2003 - 06:10 PM.
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.