"Debating" America's "right" to grab citizens of other countries, hold them indefinitely without trial, torture them, and use secret evidence against them (it's all in the congressional pipeline at the moment), Senator Hillary Clinton just called al Qaeda "evil and nihilistic."
This recalls John Goodman's immortal line in The Big Lebowsky: "Nihilists? Fuck me. Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."
Al Qaeda isn't a group of German punks who dress like Kraftwerk. They're militant Islamics who want the US out of Muslim countries. As we all learned a few years ago, they use extreme means not to our liking--as if the US never killed civilians en masse, in sickeningly grisly ways. As for "evil," we know where she got that word. The idiot in chief uses it all the time. Or "idiot"--to quote a recent TV news caption. It's not very helpful for problem solving.
Senator Diane Feinstein refers to the "problem" our government faces of how to "prosecute al Qaeda detainees for war crimes." Since we're not really at war with any nation right now (Iraq, you say? But didn't we invade to help them?), these people are not ours to kidnap and just hold--they have to be prosecuted by the countries where they are citizens. Or extradited to us for trial. Sucks, but it's called "international law."
Update: Just noticed that both New Jersey senators, Menendez and Lautenberg, ostensibly Democrats, voted for the McCain Torture Act. Wtf?