Gitmo News: Left, Right, Left, Right
The sounds of crickets I heard yesterday came from the right, from the folks who typically rip apart my posts from pillar to, uh, post. Satisfied I guess that I "got it right" this time they left me alone and went off to pillage some other guy's blog. The sound and the fury about my first take on the White House's huge Gitmo announcement instead came from the left, from the folks who typically either tolerate my posts or even perhaps support them. Why? Because I didn't use the opportunity to rip into the Administration for its years-long reluctance to do what it did yesterday.
For years Democrats have justifiably railed upon President Bush to do more to clean up the Guantanamo Bay mess. On Wednesday, the President moved to begin to do that. He brought to Gitmo the most important Al Qaeda prisoners in our custody. He pledged to put them on trial. He asked the Congress to approve a set of military rules that would govern those trials. The rules aren't perfect and Congress and the courts should be careful about rubber-stamping them. But it's a start. I focused yesterday on the carrot the President offered to the victims of 9/11-- now, sooner rather than later they will see Mohammed and Binalshibh and their gang on trial-- and not upon the stick the White House waved at Congress and the courts-- "approve our version of the tribunal rules or face criticism for delaying those trials." You can't dance at all weddings, as my mother might say.
There is plenty the President said during his speech yesterday that I found disturbing, some of which I wrote about here. But there ought to be no reasonable dispute over whether what happened yesterday is a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing, a good start to be more precise, and now it is up to Congress to do the right thing and ensure that the rules ultimately used at the trials of Mohammed and Binalshibh and Company both comport with the law and do us proud as a nation.
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