Another flip-flop from Obama (an administration where the “flip” has all but left the building, and only the “flop” remains). This one comes hot on the heels of the extension of the Patriot Act, and is no doubt leaving the hopey-changeys wondering why Bush is still in office:
Top advisers to President Obama are close to a decision recommending that the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks be prosecuted in a military tribunal, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing unnamed administration officials.
According to the report, the president’s advisors have grown increasingly wary of bipartisan opposition to the planned civilian federal trial in New York City, mere blocks from where nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the spectacular attack on the World Trade Center.
Hey, military tribunals! If only somebody had thought of that sooner!
The most troublesome thing about this is that Obama and Eric Holder’s terrorist-defending team at the Attorney General’s office couldn’t see why civil trials (and in Manhattan no less) for these “detainees” was such a horrendous idea, and couldn’t predict the backlash and insurmountable security challenges. It was an incompetent plan from top to bottom.
As you can see below, in 2006, Obama was for a military tribunal for KSM, before he was against it, and now apparently for it again: