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  •  I heard the "kill not capture" too (1+ / 0-)
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    That was a bit disappointing.  Capture would have been best.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Mon May 02, 2011 at 08:15:39 AM PDT

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    •  The MSNBC 'military analyst' guy was just on (7+ / 0-)

      and basically said it was the 'right' thing to do because it was expedient.  The trial would have dragged on for years, and would have potentially exposed various security assets.

    •  This isn't a reality show. The mission was (6+ / 0-)

      kill or capture.  The squad came back alive.  It was not possible to capture.

      That's the way I see it.

      •  It's always possible to capture. (0+ / 0-)

        See Brandon Friedman's diary on why it's always preferable to use human capture over summary execution/torture/mistreatment:

        This is a shot of German troops surrendering to Americans during World War Two.  At the end of that war, German soldiers were so desperate to surrender to the Americans or the British that they actually fought to break out of areas on the Eastern Front just so they wouldn’t have to surrender to the Russians.  They knew that inhumane treatment, a long train ride to Siberia, and a likely miserable death awaited them if they didn’t make it.

        This also worked out well for us, because it meant that we, as Americans, had a much easier time in Germany than the Russians did.  The Russians--battling men who were literally fighting for their lives during the push to Berlin--suffered 80,000 troops killed.  On the Western Front, however, U.S. forces never faced that level of resistance.

        "Pragmatists don't DO things! They explain to you how things CANNOT be done." - AndyS In Colorado

        by Uberbah on Mon May 02, 2011 at 10:34:04 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry will not second guess Navy Seal squad. (2+ / 0-)
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          It wouldn't have been possible for me to capture, because I would have never been able to even go on a mission like that.

          Just like watching someone go off a ski jump, it's easy to see their ski tips aren't exactly right -- not so easy to do though.

          •  Whatever you say, Miss Spears. (0+ / 0-)

            How many weddings have we bombed?  How many people held in Gitmo have been completely innocent - while our government has known they were innocent?  Did you find unquestioned authoritarianism in good taste when Bush was president?

            "Pragmatists don't DO things! They explain to you how things CANNOT be done." - AndyS In Colorado

            by Uberbah on Mon May 02, 2011 at 08:23:51 PM PDT

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