Maybe it's because it's first thing in the morning and I'm not drinking coffee anymore. But I'm having a hard time distiguishing between the criticism of Dean for asserting that bin Laden needed a trial before Dean was willing to pass judgement and the proclaimations of the queen in Through the Looking Glass.
Assuming Dean is elected and bin Laden is caught, a President Dean would be in an awkward spot to have the US try the man if he'd already proclaimed bin Laden's guilt and expressed a preference as to the sentence. (Someone else is currently in a similar predicament.)
And isn't this a bit premature, given that the suspect has yet to be aprehended?