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Submitted by Marci (United States), Nov 15, 2007 at 16:27

Dr. Pipes is too kind when he attributes the failures in dealing with terrorist financiers and benefactors to "Washington's" incompetence. True, when you staff the Justice Department with sycophant graduates of Pat Robertson Law School and appoint Alberto Gonzalez as their boss, some unacceptable level of incompetence is virtually guaranteed.

But the cases to which Dr. Pipes points are not the result of incompetence; they are the result of backroom deals brokered by the naive and badly outwitted White House, thinking that for favors in American courts, Arabs will provide some quid pro quo political or battlefield concession. They say that the mark of fools is to keep repeating behaviors hoping for a different outcome, and that the mark of the truly insane is to repeat behaviors knowing it will not result in a different outcome. The Bush Administration? Take your pick.

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