How the White House Got Here

Excellent piece this morning in the Post detailing the twisty, turny way in which the Bush Administration finally decided to bring the worst terror suspects in from the cold of those dark, secret CIA prisons. Judging from the report, the reasons are precisely those speculated about on Wednesday when President Bush announced the change in policy: the Supreme Court's Hamdan decision, coupled with political pressure from our allies, and political opportunity here at home, combined to seal the deal.

Meanwhile, just about every major news outlet this morning has a piece on how the military and several Republican leaders aren't rushing to embrace the White House's proposed procedures to try the men. I have written about this extensively here and here and here and here and here
and even here and here and here and here. And all I will say now is that if Congress holds the line and forces some changes to the current proposal-- broadening the rights of the detainees in a way that does not compromise national security-- we can begin to see trials within a year. It's time.

By Andrew Cohen |  September 8, 2006; 9:00 AM ET
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