Krauthammer: Obama offered al-Qaeda 9/11 Act II

posted at 3:35 pm on November 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

But don’t worry — no one in the media will pay any attention to the man who orchestrated the murder of 3,000 people on 9/11, according to Eric Holder. Just because Zacarias Moussaoui managed to conduct a global propaganda campaign from a courtroom in eastern Virginia doesn’t mean that the more savvy Khalid Sheikh Mohammed can do the same … from New York City. As Charles Krauthammer correctly states, the US has just given KSM exactly what he wanted — a high-profile media megaphone so that he can stand on the bodies of the dead and use them for propaganda (via Greg Hengler at Townhall):

Krauthammer uses an excellent analogy here. Initially, KSM wanted to hijack an airplane himself as part of the 9/11 plot, kill all the male passengers before landing, and make a grand statement of purpose before allowing himself to be martyred in the cause. Instead, al-Qaeda let the silence speak for itself, only acknowledging their role in the attacks months later. His military detention has kept KSM from profiting from his notoriety — until now.

Is that 9/11′s “Act II”? Not in the sense of it being another attack, but certainly in the sense of offering AQ a chance to profit from its attack. It was a thoroughly avoidable consequence of a bad decision by Holder and Obama. And lest anyone doubt that Obama actually made this call, John Ashcroft sets the record straight:

Attorney General Eric Holder lacks authority to make a decision on moving terror detainees to civilian courts for trial, one of his predecessors said Wednesday.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who held his position during the Bush administration from 2001-2005, said that Holder lacked the legal standing to decide to move alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other terror detainees to federal courts in New York City to stand trial.

“The attorney general doesn’t have the authority to mandate that the secretary of Defense turn somebody over to him and yield jurisdiction so that something that would have been done in a military setting is done in a civilian setting,” Ashcroft told the Christ Stigall show on KCMO radio this morning.

“I believe that this is a decision that comes as a result of the president making the decision, or if not making the decision, allowing an attorney general to do what he normally doesn’t have the authority to do, and could only do at the acquiescence of the president,” the former AG and former Missouri senator argued.

Listen to Ashcroft discussing that at KCMO’s podcast here.


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Krauthammer speaks with the authority of one who has had the same last name his entire life. Re: ‘The One We Have Been Waiting For’? Not so much. So long Soetoro, Soweto, whatevah.

BHO Jonestown on November 18, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Fine, but if you want to prevent something from happening in the future, does it not make sense to examine why it happened the first time?

orange on November 18, 2009 at 4:48 PM

We know why it happened the first time-because your side treated terrorism as a criminal matter, not one of national defense. And never forget that bin Laden himself said that 9/11 was supposed to in fact happen on Clinton’s watch.

Del Dolemonte on November 18, 2009 at 5:45 PM

You brought in a million other subjects. Let’s try to stay focused. We’re talking about terrorism.

Al Qaeda committed terror attacks to sow fear in the American people. Those seeds of fear have found no more fertile ground than in the American right. Thus you want to take away due process and give KSM a secret trial which will be viewed with suspicion around the world.

Don’t let yourself be ruled by fear. Don’t let the terrorists win.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

I am focused.

I plainly pointed out the idiocy and hypocrisy of you and other liberals who have no problem claiming that words can create chaos when it goes against liberals ideology but somehow words coming from a known terrorist who is responsible for thousands of deaths won’t do any harm.

Quit dodging the point and explain how Fox news and Rush limbaugh are supposedly so dangerous because of the words they speak but KSM won’t be.

Those seeds of fear have found no more fertile ground than in the American right. Thus you want to take away due process and give KSM a secret trial which will be viewed with suspicion around the world.

I and many conservatives understand fully the dangers of terrorist acts.That is why we support fighting against the jihadist and the people or countries that support them.
It is the liberals like yourself who have advocated running from the terrorist threat even going so far as to proclaim the Taliban in Afghanistan is no longer the enemy.

You once again state “taking away KSM’s rights and secret trials”.

Yet you have not once produced anything to back up this accusation.
Who is trying is trying to take away KSM’s rights???

Who has said anything about “secret trials”????

If you are just going to make sh!t up, you could at least make it believable.

Baxter Greene on November 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

The important thing to consider is the people on the margins. The convincables. The people who, depending on what they see around them, could be convinced to take up radical Islamism or could be convinced to remain peaceful.

If we know that doing certain things – things which are part of the American tradition, like free trials – can help to convince these people that we are a just nation (and thus should not suffer terrorist attacks), we should do those things. It is in our best interest.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:36 PM

If putting their murdering compatriots in prison for murdering innocent people in jail could tip them to becoming murdersers themselves then they aren’t really on the margins.

thomasaur on November 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Don’t let yourself be ruled by fear. Don’t let the terrorists win.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

There is a big difference between fear and vigilance and as long as we remain vigil they can’t win.

thomasaur on November 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

If we know that doing certain things – things which are part of the American tradition, like free trials – can help to convince these people that we are a just nation (and thus should not suffer terrorist attacks), we should do those things. It is in our best interest.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I’m really trying to wrap my mind around this idiocy. Lemmee see. We got this guy Mahmoud and he’s strapped a suicide bomb around his waist. He’s all ready to go into a day care center. Yup, he’s going to blow himself up and kill and maim hundreds of INNOCENT CHILDREN.

Well, Mahmoud just about ready to go and then he get’s a call. “Wait, stop!” the voice on the line says, “They’re going to give KSM a trial in civil court!”

“What a WONDERFUL COUNTRY”, exclaim Mahmoud. “What a wonderful, wonderful country. I can’t go through with this now!”

With tears of joy streaming down his checks, Mahmoud disassembles his suicide belt and puts it away. Walking past the children, he playfully tossles the hair of a boy playing in a sand box.

“My goodness,” he thinks, “what a terrible mistake that would’ve been if it weren’t for that phone call. This is a GOOD day indeed.”

PackerBronco on November 18, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Al Qaeda committed terror attacks to sow fear in the American people. Those seeds of fear have found no more fertile ground than in the American right. Thus you want to take away due process and give KSM a secret trial which will be viewed with suspicion around the world.

Don’t let yourself be ruled by fear. Don’t let the terrorists win.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

This is the type of ‘thinking’ that got your LibTard a$$ kicked every day during recess. Are your wheels are too blown to realize that these pricks mean business? Or are you still stuck on ‘Why can’t we be friends’?

There is a big difference between fear and vigilance and as long as we remain vigil they can’t win.

thomasaur on November 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Kind of like recognizing a threat and doing something about it instead of sitting around gazing at your belly button wondering ‘Why don’t they like us and what can I do to say sorry ahead of time?’

BigWyo on November 18, 2009 at 7:01 PM

We knew we were voting in an affirmative action inexperienced and as some would say, nincompoop but we didn’t think he was this dense.

Actually it’s him, his team and world view. It’s the wrong world view.

You thought OJ, The Juice, was a comedy show.

I speculate, he may be set free, not in the USA, but another country.

“But he wasn’t set free in the USA.”

father on November 18, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Not the conspiracy theorist type but am sort of starting to wonder about Charles Krauthammer’s safety. He’s unstoppable, and he’s been delivering some of the most critical, jaw-dropping, heat-seeking-missile-accurate, unanswerable salvos at the Obama administration, over and over and over, in the last several weeks.

Take care, Dr. Krauthammer – and keep it up.

inviolet on November 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Bush to the American people in 2001: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon.”

KSM to the American people 2009: “Heh, your President is on my side, you putzes”

javamartini on November 18, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Don’t let yourself be ruled by fear. Don’t let the terrorists win.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

FEAR? I don’t fear him. Put me in a room with him. Please.

I don’t fear him. I don’t fear terrorists.

What I fear. . .are show trials in the United States of America.

Jason Coleman on November 19, 2009 at 2:08 AM

Thus you want to take away due process and give KSM a secret trial which will be viewed with suspicion around the world.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Oh man, I always thought you were a very confused person but now I realize you are not only confused but utterly blinded by your liberal ideology and fear, so blinded in fact you have absolutely no clue just how wrong you are!

First of all orange KSM has absolutely no rights to “due process” (e.g., habeas corpus rights) in a US criminal court because:

A) KSM is not a US citizen
B) KSM is an illegal enemy combatant according to the Geneva Convention because he does not fight under the flag of a recognized nation and does not wear a uniform with identifying nation insignia

Because KSM is an illegal enemy combatant not only is he NOT provided rights under the GC he has absolutely NO RIGHTS under the US constitution (see A and B above) Also, according to the GC illegal enemy combatants conducting warfare are subject to being shot on sight!

It’s also obvious you have never heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in which survival needs come first. In other words even IF KSM was to have protections under the GC or habeas corpus should those rights be placed above our own survival and that of our republic?

Here’s a quote to illustrate my above point:

“Strict observance of the written law is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the ends to the means.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Is this concept really that difficult for you to grasp? It’s my opinion this concept is not difficult for you to grasp, instead I believe you understand it perfectly well but because you are so blinded by your own fear and adherence to your left wing ideology you instead try to muddy the waters by throwing out such memes as “due process” or “habeas corpus” or “secret trial” blah, blah, blah! You and the rest of your lefty friends simply throw out these ridiculous memes to confuse the matter to further your illogical ideology and/or to calm your own fears because the truth of the situation is just too frightening for you to face!

All I can say is I THANK GOD PEOPLE LIKE YOU WERE IN THE EXTREME MINORITY WHEN WE WERE FIGHTING WWII OR HITLER AND IMPERIAL JAPAN WOULD HAVE WON!!!

Al Qaeda committed terror attacks to sow fear in the American people. Those seeds of fear have found no more fertile ground than in the American right.

orange on November 18, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Yeah, you keep telling yourself that orange, keep your head stuck in the sand as I’m sure it makes you feel less terrified to delude yourself into thinking 9-11 and all other terrorist atrocities are merely to “instill fear” and not what it truly is which is fascist Islam trying to install its draconian and brutal Caliphate upon the free world!

The fact is fascist Islam has a goal and its ideology are both religious and political, they are one in the same and anyone (like yourself) that believes it is anything other than what it is (to install a Caliphate based on Sharia law to rule over the infidels) and not as you state “to merely instill fear” are fooling themselves and are the ones that are losing to the terrorists. Those of us that are “fertile grounds for the seeds of fear” (as you stated) are not losing to the terrorists it is you and those like you that are truly living in fear which is evident by your persistence that terrorists and the atrocities they committed are merely to “instill fear” when the truth of the matter is terrorism is used as a tactic to bring about a political/ideological change.

Terrorism is not merely to instill fear, fear is just the tactic, political and/or ideological change is the goal and deep down you know this to be true but this truth scares the shiite out of you and that’s why you omit it in your illogical arguments. The truth is when you say it is the right that is “fertile ground for the seeds of fear” this is “projection” on your part.

Your fear is so strong that your mind and emotions have convinced you that terrorism is nothing more than a tactic to “instill fear” because the truth of what is really going on is much too frightening for you (and those like you) to face. But don’t feel so bad orange, such delusions are a natural coping mechanism all humans have, it’s an essential mechanism to ensure those like yourself and others like you are not paralyzed by fear and can still function. However there are those of us that have the capacity and strength to face our worst fears and not be paralyzed by them, this is why those of us on the right are trying our damndest to defeat our enemies despite the numerous road blocks thrown in front of us by the likes of you and your ilk!

So keep telling yourself it is those of us on the right that are being duped/beaten by the terrorists because we are “fertile ground for the seeds of fear” when in reality we are the ones that are seeing terrorism and fascist Islam for what it is and instead of running in fear we are facing it head on while the rest of you bury your collective heads in the sand out of fear of the truth!

Liberty or Death on November 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Thus you want to take away due process and give KSM a secret trial which will be viewed with suspicion around the world.

Don’t let yourself be ruled by fear. Don’t let the terrorists win.

orange

This from a clown who believes we should ignore historical precedent because he/she is so afraid the world won’t like us if we don’t, lol. The only one ruled by fear, and ignorance as well, is you and others like you. You’re so stupid you don’t even recognize that this IS a win for the terrorists.

xblade on November 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

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