A minor point at the moment given the gravity of the threat posed on Saturday, but a good one nonetheless. Where I think CK might be wrong is his theory that this’ll lead to Gitmo staying open an extra year or two as well. After they back down on a civilian trial for KSM, Team Barry will need some sort of political victory in this area to atone to its base. Not that they’re getting any heat about it — you’re more likely to see lefty protesters heckling Obama over “don’t ask, don’t tell” these days than the supposed atrocity that is Guantanamo — but as Ben Smith recently noted, Obama’s a guy who likes to double down when challenged. In fact, given the certainty of big GOP gains in the fall, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the White House start a new push to close Gitmo and transfer the prisoners to a mainland facility this summer. Sure, the politics will be dicey, but the bigger the looming Republican tidal wave, the less congressional Democrats have to lose by playing ball. Their huge majority will be gone in six months; why not put it to use? Worst-case scenario, I think there’ll be some sort of deal after the midterms but before the new Congress is seated, when all the lame-duck Blue Dogs can “vote their conscience” or whatever.
Needless to say, there’s no guarantee yet that the NYC plotter is a foreign terrorist so Gitmo might not even be in the picture. In fact, steadfast Fox News lefty Bob Beckel has his eye on right-wing militiamen as being the real culprits… Click the image to watch.