...to The Conversation That Some Think We Shouldn't Be Having
[W]hen dealing with Islamofascists, the equation gets a little trickier - because as we can plainly see, a lot of these Islamofascists don't have the most well-developed sense of self-preservation. They think nothing of the value of their own lives, or even the lives of their spiritual brothers and sisters, so long as it goes to further their own cause. That is why they have no qualms about detonating bombs in or near mosques, or flying planes into buildings occupied at least partly by Muslims. To them, a few (or many) deaths in the name of Islam is worth the price to spread their radical brand of Islam into the world.
To put it succinctly, their brand of Islam is the only thing in the world they can be threatened with. They could care less if Riyadh or Tehran were turned into seas of glass. On the other hand, the destruction of Mecca and their other irreplacable holy sites might be the only notion that would give a terrorist who is actually dedicated and cunning enough to successfully manage a nuclear detonation on U. S. soil pause for thought.
So, whem Tom Tancredo makes these remarks, and is widely condemned by people on both sides of the ideological spectrum, a strategic response is effectively removed from the table. This is horrible policy in Nuclear warfare - in which the only effective means of deterrence is convincing your enemy that no measure of response is so draconian that it will be removed from the table.