President Obama's decision to resume military trials for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will open the door for the prosecution there of several suspected 9/11 conspirators, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Obama's order, which reverses his move two years ago to halt new trials, has reignited arguments over the legality of the military commissions, despite ongoing U.S. efforts to reform the hotly debated system.
Actually, with this move the debate is pretty much over. It was always going to be a nonstarter, because you can't treat people who are at war with you as though they were civilians. KSM and the rest of these individuals may not have worn a recognizable military uniform, but they have been conducting a war against the United States, and the West generally, for rather a long time now. And it won't work to pretend otherwise, as the Obama administration has come to realize.