They said George Bush was dumb, and Ronald Reagan was even dumber. Or maybe it was the other way around. Whatever. Democrats insist that conservatives are stupid. However, our current administration is working on first place for this award. The latest demonstration of its collective room temperature IQ can be seen in this new decision. You can almost hear them planning how to carry it off:
Hey, this business with closing Gitmo is harder than we thought. So here’s what we’ll do: we’ll try the terrorists in American courts and gradually get rid of this pesky promise we made about shutting down the prison in Cuba.
Yeah, that’s it! We’ll haul ‘em to New York and start from there. After all the first ones to go will be the prisoners who are implicated in the 9/11 attacks. Think of the symbolism.
Great idea! Now let’s drop it in the news real quick on a Friday. That makes it harder to the media to question Our Leader and by the time he gets back from his trip it will be old news. They’ll have moved on to some other crisis by then.
Right. We just have to remember to keep generating crises.
“I support the Obama Administration’s decision to prosecute 9/11 terrorists here in New York. It is fitting that 9/11 suspects face justice near the World Trade Center site where so many New Yorkers were murdered. We have hosted terrorism trials before, including the trial of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
“When I spoke to Attorney General Holder earlier today, I told him New York City stands ready to assist the federal court in the administration of justice in any way necessary. I have great confidence that the NYPD, with federal authorities, will handle security expertly. The NYPD is the best police department in the world and it has experience dealing with high-profile terrorism suspects and any logistical issues that may come up during the trials.”
Yeah. Great idea. It’s not like New York City can’t afford all the expense involved in this supremely stupid move. Will the federal government pick up the tab for the costs attendant on this decision? Or maybe Bloomberg can raise the City’s taxes another notch, driving out the last small businesses.
I’ll bet New Yorkers feel wonderful about this. Just what they need: two terrorists to serve as magnets for Lone Ranger jihadists who’ll flock to the scene to see what they might possibly blow up to prevent the trial from starting or concluding.
Meanwhile, opinion about this move is dividing along predictable lines. The New York Times thinks it’s a real smart move, calling it “A Return to American Justice”:
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. took a bold and principled step on Friday toward repairing the damage wrought by former President George W. Bush with his decision to discard the nation’s well-established systems of civilian and military justice in the treatment of detainees captured in antiterrorist operations
Lovely sentiments, except that we have no real precedent for “systems of civilian justice” for people who help spread the death, destruction and chaos of Jihadist nihilism in this country. To claim that this has a precedent in American jurisprudence is disingenuous at best.
Sheikyermami has a good summation of the categorical mistakes contained in this very dumb and dangerous idea:
The administration is justifying its decisions on the grounds that because the 9/11 attackers targeted civilians they should be tried as civilians. This makes no sense unless you are a Democrat who believes that the “holy war” that Islamic jihadists have formally declared on us is no different from the acts of isolated individuals who have decided to break the law. This is the approach to the war on terror that John Kerry championed in 2004. Now that Americans have had the poor judgment – the suicidally poor judgment – to make a leftist their president, this is the strategy our nation is set to pursue.
The decision to try the jihadists in a civilian court is also a decision which will divulge America’s security secrets to the enemy since civilian courts afford defendants the right of discovery. It is also a propaganda gift to Islamic murderers who will turn the courtroom into a media circus to promote their hatred against the Great Satan – a hatred shared by their apologists at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the pro-Castro Center for Constitutional Rights who have pioneered the campaign against Guantanamo and whose influence in the Obama Administration is pervasive. (BTW, The newly appointed lawyer for the president is the husband of Obama’s recently departed Maoist communications director Anita Dunn.)
He expounds on the blindness of the Left to differentiate this situation from previous wars here.
We are up the creek without a paddle on this one. Unfortunately, this is not the last of their dangerous ideas. We have three more years of these depredations because these people believe that crises are opportunities so they need to create a lot of them. So far they’re succeeding.
I have long since moved past hoping the Democrats could do us some good to praying that we can just survive them.