In the darkness of a Friday news cycle, Obama signed an executive order declaring the detention of terrorist detainees INDEFINITELY.
Hmm…let’s see, that’s exactly what the EVVIIILLL Bush did and the exact policy that Obama fiercely attacked while running for President. Oh, and Dick Cheney, about a month ago, had to lecture the same Obama administration on detainees and interrogationwith the mindset that you don’t release enemy combatants while the war is ongoing (which it is if you don’t live in Obama and the Left’s made-up fantasyland of world community Utopia). Now Obama is following the same policy….(AND has never denounced his right to interrogation either if HE sees fit to do so.)
From Washington Post via HotAir.com (my emphasis):
Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said…
Of course, HotAir also realizes the politics involved here (my emphasis):
I’m still surprised that Obama’s willing to bypass Congress. It makes sense politically, I guess — a left vs. center battle on national security in the House and Senate is a headache he doesn’t need right now — but (a) taking sole responsibility via an executive order pits him squarely against the ACLU crowd and opens him up to charges of being too Bush-like and (b) the constitutionality of indefinite detention will be jeopardized by not having congressional backing per Justice Jackson’s analysis in Youngstown v. Sawyer. Although, who knows — maybe that’s The One’s plan. By putting himself on the worst possible legal footing, he increases the chances of the Supreme Court declaring the program unconstitutional, which in turn will put pressure on Congress to bless it, thereby giving him political cover.
Bottom line: No matter how much the left pouts, Barry O’s not risking a second term on letting questionable jihadis go until some other branch of government makes him.
Obama has essentially endorsed the detention policies of George Bush without the courtesy of apologizing for slandering him over the last two and a half years. Obama and his allies screeched endlessly about indefinite detentions, and not just in Gitmo, either. They specifically railed against the holding of terrorists without access to civil courts in military detention facilities around the world, specifically Bagram, but in general as well. Not even six months into his term of office, Obama realized that Bush had it right all along.
Did he even have the grace to admit that? No. Instead, the White House took the cowardly method of a late-Friday leak to let people know that Obama had adopted the Bush policy all over again. Barack Obama just appeared at a press conference this last Tuesdayto discuss Iran, energy policy, and ObamaCare, where he could have told the national press that he had changed his mind on indefinite detention. Instead, he kept his mouth shut, and had his media staff whisper it into phones to a couple of White House favorites in the press.
It’s a shameful performance, and the measure of the man in charge.
Addendum: I guess Obama has finally conceded to Dick Cheney on national security, hasn’t he?
At least for the time-being and until the political winds shift, he has.
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