Team Bush Nails an al Qaeda Minor-Leaguer

How is the Bush administration going to follow-up on their underwhelming takedown of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was just sentenced to six consecutive life terms for his kinda, sorta, maybe involvement in the attacks of September 11? I would suggest that Bush send his Justice Department team to my town and track down the cowardly thugs who toilet-papered my house two Halloweens ago -- that seems the logical next step.

Now before any of you right-wing types send me the usual barrage of hate e-mail -- I'm guessing the operative phrases will be "soft on terrorism" for the reasonably smart and "Osama lover" for the other 99 percent -- let me stipulate for the record that Moussaoui is clearly not a good guy and taking him permanently off the al Qaeda roster is a smart move.

As he left the courtroom after being formally sentenced on six conspiracy counts, Moussaoui said "...God curse America and save Osama bin Laden. You will never get him." Now, if I read between the lines, this means he doesn't wish us well and it's clear that Moussaoui did not come to the U.S. to settle down and raise a family.

But, after nearly five years, billions of dollars spent, civil liberties curtailed and the entire nation thrown into a red-scare type environment complete with a seemingly-arbitrary, color-coded threat meter, the best we can do is Zacarias Moussaoui?

This guy's a bit player in the terrorist neighborhood. A third-stringer. A pug. A hack. He was the guy the other evildoers would make fun of in terrorist school, smirking behind his back and saying "Hey, Zacarias, let's see your technique for strapping on an explosive belt again" as they rolled on the cave floor in laughter.

In short, this guy is the Shemp of this outfit when, after all this time and trouble, we should have captured Moe, Larry and Curly.

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