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  •  You assume... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...that capturing Zarqawi alive was a possibility. Personally, I have my doubts.

    Republicans - rationalizing bad behavior since 1/20/00!

    by Otis29 on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 01:54:49 PM PDT

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    •  How many American lives would it have been worth (0+ / 0-)

      To capture him alive?

      How much value is there in scaring the bejesus out of a few people with the way we demolished the home he was in?

      If we capture him, how many new recruits does that cause? If we kill him like we did, how does that change that recruitment drive?

      I don't think we know the answers to most of these questions, but we do know that there was a greater chance of American soldiers getting killed or injured if they tried to capture him alive than if they drop two huge bombs on his head.

    •  It was a possibility (0+ / 0-)

      Zarqawi cannot travel with too many armed men because that would be too noticeable. So most likely, the place he goes isn't all that well guarded. With many US and Iraqi troops nearby, it would have been easy to surround the building.

      Capturing Zarqawi and his aids alive could have saved many lives if it led to the capture of other networks.

      •  I'm not talking about our ability to corner him (0+ / 0-)

        If our troops knew his location and were able to physically access said area, you still have to capture someone who most likely has no intention of being captured alive.

        I wasn't necessarily discussing logistics, more the personality of Zarqawi himself.

        Republicans - rationalizing bad behavior since 1/20/00!

        by Otis29 on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 03:08:55 PM PDT

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