Gitmo looking better all the time

posted at 9:08 am on May 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama promised to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and end the military tribunal process that he opposed as a Senator for its detainees if elected President.  After taking the oath of office, Obama fulfilled that promise by ordering the shutdown of Gitmo and halting the tribunals.  Now, three months later, the Obama administration can’t find nations willing to accept murderous, lunatic terrorists as guests, and suddenly those military tribunals look pretty good:

The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.

Officials said the first public moves could come as soon as next week, perhaps in filings to military judges at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, outlining an administration plan to amend the Bush administration’s system to provide more legal protections for terrorism suspects.

Continuing the military commissions in any form would probably prompt sharp criticism from human rights groups as well as some of Mr. Obama’s political allies because the troubled system became an emblem of the effort to use Guantánamo to avoid the American legal system.

Does anyone else find it fascinating that the Obama administration leaked this on a Friday night?  I suspect that they know just how much flak they will take over this reversal, especially in the media.  This seems designed to bury the story in a weekend cycle, with a prayer that a big event occurs between now and Monday to keep it buried.

Maybe Madonna will get married again.  Who knows?

You have to love this passage (emphasis mine):

When President Obama suspended Guantánamo cases after his inauguration on Jan. 20, many participants said the military commission system appeared dead.  But in recent days a variety of officials involved in the deliberations say that after administration lawyers examined many of the cases, the mood shifted toward using military commissions to prosecute some detainees, perhaps including those charged with coordinating the Sept. 11 attacks.

The more they look at it,” said one official, “the more commissions don’t look as bad as they did on Jan. 20.”

Hmm.  Maybe they should have looked at it a little more before running for President on the promise of ending the only effective manner of trying terrorists captured in foreign countries. Many of us looked at it in much more detail, including Congress.  Maybe Barack Obama wasn’t familiar with that, but that was the job he supposedly held before this one – the one where he postured for the Left while his colleagues in both parties worked to fashion a practical system of military tribunals to make sure that we locked up terrorists without damaging national security.

But, hey, actual governing is hard — harder than voting present, and certainly harder than casting politically-expedient votes when you know it won’t affect the outcome.

We’re waiting for our apologies.  We may have to wait for a Friday night/Saturday morning news cycle to get them, but we’re owed a big apology from this President.

Update: Jules Crittenden spits Cheerios all over his laptop screen.  Jules, I was always more of a Shredded Wheat fan myself, but fortunately this morning I had raisin toast.  It’s easier to clean up, and easier to swallow than all of the Hopeandchange this administration’s providing.  The times, they are a-changing … back.


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Paul_in_NJ on May 2, 2009 at 11:49 AM

So when do the Lefties start calling for his impeachment?

29Victor on May 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

I love the smell of burning rubber on a Saturday. Skid marks a mile long, or more!

That guy Obama, sure stands on his principles! Or maybe during the election campaign he wasn’t making a stand on principle, he was just ignorant and ill-informed; not at all “Ready to Lead” or whatever his pathetic campaign bromide was.

“Yes we can, or maybe not. Whatever.”

mr.blacksheep on May 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Has anyone noticed the dearth of trolls today?

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Has anyone noticed the dearth of trolls today?

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I mentioned it in another thread. I think even the Obots are struggling today. No doubt they’re bitterly disappointed in The Zero, who’s turning out to be what many of us knew he would be: a vacillating, uncultured, unprincipled opportunist who is in way, way over his head.

mr.blacksheep on May 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

He’ll get a pass on this like anything else. The MSM spin will be “Gitmo, it’s new and improved…lemony fresh!”

Erich66 on May 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM

I knew this would happen. It was irrelevant.

OneGyT on May 2, 2009 at 2:01 PM

mr.blacksheep on May 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

If we had a better class of trolls it might be interesting but there isn’t much entertainment in “I know you are, but what am I?”

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Has anyone noticed the dearth of trolls today?

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

They are on their annual Troll Trip Conference the last week or so.

They visit popular bridges.

blatantblue on May 2, 2009 at 2:08 PM

blatantblue on May 2, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Ahh, I was unaware (naturally). They need the rest and some better retorts.

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Ahh, I was unaware (naturally). They need the rest and some better retorts.

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 2:17 PM

its ok cindy. I only knew cause I have a contact in the troll community

blatantblue on May 2, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Every terrorist housed at Gitmo who is over 50 years of age gets a free yearly colonoscopy. What more can they ask for?

Blake on May 2, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Has anyone noticed the dearth of trolls today?

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Obama admin took time to study Gitmo.

Rethuglicans just wanted blood.

Obama is scholarly and thoughtful, unlike trigger finger Bush Jr.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Obama admin took time to study Gitmo.

Rethuglicans just wanted blood.

Obama is scholarly and thoughtful, unlike trigger finger Bush Jr.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM

So, if he didn’t know what he was talking about, why did he campaign with the promise of stopping the military tribunals and closing Gitmo? Why wasn’t he honest? He could have just said “I don’t know squat about military tribunals and Gitmo, and it’s going to take me a long time to figure it out”?

mr.blacksheep on May 2, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I think “community organizer” is above his pay grade.

txag92 on May 2, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Obama admin took time to study Gitmo.

Rethuglicans just wanted blood.

Obama is scholarly and thoughtful, unlike trigger finger Bush Jr.

getalife on May 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM

That haiku looks familiar…

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Military Tribunals under Bush = Bad
Military Tribunals under Obama = Good

Liberals, here is your jumping off point. Let the spinning commence.

Oh well, at least Obama got some early accolades from our betters in Europe before he had to admit that Bush had it right.

JohnInCA on May 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I see my getalife impression is getting better.

How about this one?

Obama was handed a mess.

Bush and Cheney should have thought about morality before they opened Gitmo.

Inherited.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Push back, my friends. Let’s not let this one slip away in the weekend news cycle.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Has anyone noticed the dearth of trolls today?

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

They had a TTP (Twittered Talking Points) breakdown yesterday.

They sent getalife out and told her to get the TP. She brought back 6 cases of Toilet Paper. They are all busy having a s**t fit.

Yoop on May 2, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Bush and Cheney should have thought about morality before they opened Gitmo.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 3:11 PM

And your alternative would be…

mossberg500 on May 2, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Anyone see the NY Daily News Friday? They asked for Photoshopped versions of O’bama’s plane joy riding over NYC last week.

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Im waiting for the MSM and the lefties to start calling Obama a war criminal and calling for trials………
;

{…sound of cricks chirping….}

JeffVader on May 2, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Perhaps Republicans should start running for 2010 on the barbaric treatment of detainees and the violations of their human rights. We need a new administration to restore our image in the world!

Star20 on May 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I care more about the fact that LA has all its tall buildings still standing than I do about our world image. I live here and I happen to like the skyline just fine as it is without some terrorist’s concept of urban renewal. As for “barbaric treatment” and “violations of their human rights”, are you perhaps referring to our prevention of their continued jihad?

unclesmrgol on May 2, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Reality bites hope and change in the butt once again.

therightwinger on May 2, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Nothing to see here, America. Oh look – daughters, puppy, wife!

BHO Jonestown on May 2, 2009 at 5:50 PM

see my getalife impression is getting better.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 3:11 PM

How come you’re only on this thread?

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2009 at 6:03 PM

liberals are absolutely PATHETIC.

Baxter Greene on May 2, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Obama is Bush III, without the brains.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

How come you’re only on this thread?

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2009 at 6:03 PM

What do you mean? I’m on lots of threads. I’m not a troll, by the way – just doing my getalife impression for Cindy, who asked where the trolls were.

And I’m no lib. I’m not even “independent” or “centrist” or “moderate”.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 7:04 PM

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 7:04
Yoop on May 2, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Just checked back in, you guys are so funny. Lightened up my attitude after reading the updates on the Chrysler thread.

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 7:16 PM

“The more they look at it,” said one official, “the more commissions don’t look as bad as they did on Jan. 20.”

That is what happens when you look at things like it is Sept 10th.

Jamson64 on May 2, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Has anyone noticed the dearth of trolls today?

Cindy Munford on May 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

The trolls are readying their costumes, flags, and paper machie (sp?) for the organized bus-in of bought-and-paid-for protests on Cinco de Mayo. Their wee-wee party will be celebrated in detail by the media.

onlineanalyst on May 2, 2009 at 9:07 PM

I’m not a troll, by the way –

I never said you were a troll in the first place. Pay attention.

(laughter)

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2009 at 9:12 PM

I never said you were a troll in the first place. Pay attention.

(laughter)

Del Dolemonte on May 2, 2009 at 9:12 PM

Ya know, I did wonder after I clicked the send button. Hahahahahaa.

LibTired on May 2, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Must see video from moonbattery site and utube, Condi Rice on 4/27/09 disemboweling verbally a libtard koolaid drinker on the torture/gitmo leftwing memes:

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijEED_iviTA

the most enjoyable five minutes you may have today.

eaglewingz08 on May 2, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Look guys and gals, It is real easy to put a live link in your comment. Copy the link like you usually do from your browser window. Then highlight a phrase in your comment that you want to turn into a link. Click on the blue link button at the top of the comment edit box. Click in the link box that comes up and do a paste. You are home free.

marcboyd on May 2, 2009 at 10:43 PM

The question remains: Who’s behind the Talking Chimp?

mr1216 on May 2, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Paul_in_NJ, thanks..!

ujorge on May 3, 2009 at 12:17 AM

Obama will have to answer for this bit of MSM unreported news, too.

It’s Bill Clinton ~and his turning down an offer of Osama Bin Laden~ all over again.

Barry must wear reversible jackets, he’s such a natural at turning his coat.

profitsbeard on May 3, 2009 at 1:00 AM

unclesmrgol on May 2, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Uncle,

Sorry I wasn’t more clear. That was sarcasim. The Messiah criticized everything Bush did to keep us safe, but now he is following more and more of the Bush policies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the main stream media. Nobody calls him on it. He kept Gates. He is following the policy on rendition. He appears to be going back to military tribunals. Why isn’t anybody else saying; “Well, maybe Bush was right about some things?”

Star20 on May 3, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Funny how things change when given the info that GW had.

Hopefully we do not have to find out how O acts if anther 911 happens.

Jamson64 on May 3, 2009 at 1:11 AM

Must see video from moonbattery site and utube, Condi Rice on 4/27/09 disemboweling verbally a libtard koolaid drinker on the torture/gitmo leftwing memes:
ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijEED_iviTA
the most enjoyable five minutes you may have today.
eaglewingz08 o

Ouch!

Reminded me of a time when I was in the 6th grade.

Didn’t do so well on a test and as the teacher, in class, would give the test back to the students “with comments”

When I got my test back she said, “ That’s okay, the word needs ditch diggers too”

DSchoen on May 3, 2009 at 3:44 AM

Yes, wouldn’t you love to have these guys living in your hood???

Taliban terrorists behead Pakistani officials as fighting intensifies

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2684-Law-Enforcement-Examiner%7Ey2009m5d3-Taliban-terrorists-behead-Pakistani-officials-as-fighting-intensifies

izoneguy on May 3, 2009 at 8:06 PM

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