Ali Musa Daqduq is a Lebanese national and Hezbollah agent responsible for the 2007 kidnapping and murder of five American servicemen in Iraq. He’s been a prisoner there since early 2008, held in US custody. The US government turned custody of Daqduq over to the Iraqis, who declined to consent to his transfer out of the country.
The WSJ thinks that’s a very bad idea:
“We have sought and received assurances [from the Iraqi government] that he will be tried for his crimes,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
Mr. Vietor surely knows the likelier outcome is that Daqduq will be released or acquitted so that he can rejoin his comrades in Beirut or Tehran. The Iraqi government has already released some 50 other prisoners responsible for attacks on U.S. forces.
The Administration contends that its hands were tied by the U.S.-Iraq status-of-forces agreement negotiated by the Bush Administration, which required Iraq’s consent—not forthcoming—to remove any prisoners from the country. But it’s hard to see why that stipulation would apply to Daqduq, who is not an Iraqi citizen.
For all the brave talk of what’s been accomplished in Iraq – and what remains to be done – it sometimes seems to me like we are slinking away like thieves in the night, embarassed at having been caught defending our national interests.
Farewell to all that.