First Libya, now this, from the Wall Street Journal…
The Obama Administration did a full spinning reversal with a triple twist yesterday on its plans to prosecute terrorists, announcing that it will now try September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay after all. . . . KSM and his fellow murderers will now be tried by military commissions of the kind that President George W. Bush proposed in the earliest days of the conflict formerly known as the war on terror. . . Mr. Holder made clear he’s not about to apologize, much less thank his predecessors for their foresight, but we suppose his vindication of Guantanamo is enough.â€ h/t Senate News Briefing 4.05.11
My initial thought was “Duh! Ya think?” Then I thought, “Do they get extra points for even attempting a move of this difficulty? I mean a triple/reversal combination? Wow!” But this isn’t gymnastics or ice skating, it’s just
Bushitler Obama… Well… Being… BushitlerObama. I think the new ‘stache will look good in the run up to the ’12 elections, especially if Code Pink is displaying it on their signs.
Just in case you’re in the mood for a little schadenfreude at Erick “You’re cowards” Holder’s expense…
Finally, it appears the administration has acquiesced to the reality of the war on terror in reversing itself on military commissions. Press reports emphasized what a significant shift this decision was: The
New York TimesGrey Whore of the Democrat Media writes, â€œ[I]t marked a significant moment of capitulation in the Obama administrationâ€™s largely frustrated effort to dismantle counterterrorism architecture left behind by former President George W. Bush.â€ The Washington Post points out, â€œThe decision scuttled one of the administrationâ€™s signature goal . . . . It may also mark the effective end of the administrationâ€™s effort, now more than two years old, to close the detention center in Cuba.â€ The Los Angeles Times writes, â€œThe Obama administration admitted defeat in its efforts to prosecute the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks before a civilian jury in New York City . . . .â€ According to Reuters, â€œ[Holderâ€™s] announcement was an embarrassing reversal of the administration’s decision in November 2009 to try September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators in a court near the site of the World Trade Center . . . .â€ And AFP calls the decision â€œa major about-face.â€
That Reuters, they sure know how to bring a tear to my eye.