Ann Althouse has an excellent piece on Eric Holder's comments recently that Osama bin Laden "won't be taken alive." She writes:
"So, Bush, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, called for the capture of bin Laden "Dead or Alive," but Holder, with 9 years to meditate on the right way to deal with the situation, assures us that bin Laden will not be taken alive. What has brought Holder to this heated state of mind? Not the death of thousands of Americans. The threat to his political prestige. It gets his "blood boiling" that he is attacked. The fact that we were attacked did not loom large when he decided to try KSM in federal court New York City. But when that decision was savaged, he changed his tone." [my emphasis]
There's nothing quite like having your reasoning savaged by a really smart law professor, is there?