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Obama on Suicide Bombers

9:09 AM, Mar 19, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Here's President Obama, Wednesday night at his town hall meeting in California:

The same is true with AIG.... It was the right thing to do to step in. Here's the problem. It's almost like they've got - they've got a bomb strapped to them and they've got their hand on the trigger. You don't want them to blow up. But you've got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger.

This comparison is inappropriate on so many levels, one hardly knows where to begin.

First, given the world we live in and our own recent history, shouldn't the president of the United States avoid flip and juvenile comparisons to suicide bombers? Second, should the president really be comparing employees of financial institutions to murderers--especially when his administration has been defending giving those employees their (supposedly) contractually obligated bonuses?

Third, is the president's view really that the way to deal with suicide bombers is to try to "ease them off" the trigger rather than to shoot them if possible before they act?

Maybe President Obama should stop talking for a while, and actually try to govern?