Yesterday it was announced that a joint US/Pakistan task force picked up a High Value Target in Karachi. The name of this HVT is Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader – no relation to the elephant with a similar name. Barader is evidently the Taliban’s number two man in the area. His capture – last week according to some news outlets – is the most significant HVT capture in several years.

In years past, the question of what to do with this Mullah would have been easily answered. He would have been flown to Guantanamo Bay where he would have been interrogated and pumped for all the useful information in his Islamofacist Murdering Thug skull. Eventually he would have been tried before a military tribunal, found guilty, and (hopefully) executed.

Oh, wait. I forgot about Hope and Change.

Now, Mullah Barader most likely understands that he is entitled to remain silent, have a lawyer provided to him at the expense of the very men and women he has been killing since 2002, and have a show trial from which he can rant against the Great Satan – again at the Great Satan’s expense. The ACLU will fawn over him, decry his living conditions, and attempt to get him released on his own recognizance. “It’s not his fault”, some lawyer will babble. “We made him this way.”

Maybe. Perhaps I’m going a bridge too far in attempting to illustrate the absurd by being absurd. I fear, dear reader, that I am not.

As of this writing, The One is supposedly meeting with his Overseas Contingency Operation Cabinet. Top on the list of discussion topics is (hopefully) what to do with this recently captured Mullah. All eyes in the room will be on The One – all will want the answer to a question best phrased in the last words of Jimmy Malone, played so well by Sean Connery in The Untouchables:

What…are you…prepared…to do?

Please, Mr. President. Don’t screw this up.