Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Back to Gitmo

Even if you are President of the United States, you have to deal with the world as it is:

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obama is making the right decision regarding Gitmo, but the very fact that he is reversing his former position proves that he was not qualified to be president because he was too maive, or that he is one of the biggest liars in the history of the office because he knew all along that Gitmo couldn't really be closed. Either result is quite frankly unaccepable. To quote Bugs Bunny: What a Maroon!