Looks like Condi has intitiated another charm offensive, this time without the charm.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chastised Europe leaders today, saying that before they complain about secret jails for terror suspects in European nations, they should realize that interrogations of these suspects have produced information that helped “save European lives.”
Noting that half-a-dozen international investigations are underway, Ms. Rice did not explicitly confirm the existence of the detentions center. But that was implicit in her remarks.
“We must bring terrorists to justice wherever possible,” she said. “But there have been many cases where the local government cannot detain or prosecute a suspect, and traditional extradition is not a good option.”
“In those cases,” she added, “the local government can make the sovereign choice to cooperate in the transfer of a suspect to a third country, which is known as a rendition.
“Sometimes, these efforts are misunderstood,” she said.
Ms. Rice insisted that the United States had done nothing wrong.
Many of the imprisoned suspects “are effectively stateless,” she maintained, “owing allegiance only to the extremist cause of transnational terrorism. Many are extremely dangerous.”
“We consider the captured members of Al Qaeda and its allies to be unlawful combatants who may be held, in accordance with the law of war, to keep them from killing innocents,” she said. “We must bring terrorists to justice wherever possible.”
The European nations must decide, she added, whether they “wish to work with us to prevent terrorist attacks against their own country or other countries.”
Somehow I don’t see her swaying European public opinion with the “Deal with it” strategy.