Oh, the irony.
Few things are more representative of the Obama presidency than on the same day Obama announces his reelection campaign Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly going to also announce the Administration’s wholesale cave on civil liberties, as well as their pledge to try KSM in civilian court.
Attorney General Eric Holder today will announce that self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad will be tried in a military commission, the CBS News Investigative Unit has learned. A source says the commission will be held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Holder is expected to announce the decision in a news conference today at 2 p.m.
Trying Mohammed in a civilian court and closing the Guantanamo prison were once some of the Obama administration’s top priorities, but political realities have hamstrung both goals.
I’m just a political analyst out here trying to make sense of this mess of a Democratic message, but I sure don’t envy the job of movement progressives who have to dress up Pres. Obama’s latest move as something other than a monumental cave on principles Democrats used to cherish.
The move illustrated Mr. Obama’s acknowledgment that he will not be able to fulfill his promise to close the prison any time soon — Mr. Obama said on the 2008 campaign trail that he would close Guantanamo within his first year in office. Still, Mr. Obama said last month that he remained committed to trying terror suspects in federal courts.
This is really something.