Jan 21 2009
Only 35% support Obama’s first move in office. I heard an interesting theory this morning, that the 120 day suspension is meant to kick this ridiculous act down the road and give President Obama time to shift his position away from his campaign promises to close GITMO. Not sure I buy it – but it would fit his MO. – end update
In February 2006 I predicted that liberals would attempt to coddle terrorists by shifting our policies if they won office. I coined it TheÂ Democrat Contract With al-Qaeda (a parody on the GOP’s 1994 Contract With America). It was a series of outrageous predictions I hoped would never come true – sadly almost all of them have.
Today President Obama plans as one of his first acts the suspension of legal efforts against those terrorists we have in custody who have or planned to attack us. No economic reprieve for the nation, no help for Americans. Obama’s first act is to come to the rescue of admitted killers:
In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base atÂ Guantanamo Bay, CubaÂ — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.
The instruction came in a motion filed with a military court in the case of five defendants accused of organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The motion called for “a continuance of the proceedings” until May 20 so that “the newly inaugurated president and his administration [can] review the military commissions process, generally, and the cases currently pending before military commissions, specifically.”
This is a complete waste of time and resources. These cases have been poured over many times. But Obama thinks he needs to appease the left wing nuts who think terrorists are just wayward people with a reasonable beef against America.
In 2006 I noted that the liberals would make two promises (out of 9):
SECOND, We will enact legislation to release all Al Qaeda members now held in custody in the GITMO Gulag, while providing legal counsel to all who have been unfairly detained during this unfortunate international misunderstanding between Al Qaeda and America. We will ensure all detainees have options for bail and parole so they can continue with their lifeâ€™s efforts while the legal issues surrounding their detention are worked out. Every ex-detainee will be provided the services of an ACLU lawyer.
EIGHTH, we will submit and pass legislation that will mandate any questioning by US agents of Al Qaeda members to (a) be done in the presence of an ACLU lawyer, (b) never last more than 30 minutes, (c) be done indoors, in climate controlled conditions, (d) include an offering of proper food and beverage and (e) require every question to use the word â€˜pleaseâ€™.
Liberals are now on the precipice of achieving these goals. And Bin Laden and his crew are licking their chops because they perceive a weakness of will on our part. Mr. President, there are factions in your base you can never support fully because their views are dangerous and wrong. Leaders know this. Inexperienced politicians typically have to learn this the hard way. If you want to waste your political capitol on these scum and their warped supporters that is your call. But it will cost you support when the next attack comes.
And it is still coming if al Qaeda has anything to say about it.