There is no way that anyone in America, be they Democrat or Republican, can feel any sense of pride about the news concerning the decision to try Sheikh Mohammed in front of a military tribunal as opposed to a civilian court.
No one can be proud that many Democrats grew timid in the face of attempts by Republicans to willfully mislead the nation over the civilian court route for terror suspects. At the end of the day I am as dismayed with the Democrats for not standing on fact and principle, as I am over the short-sighted shenanigans from the Republicans.
One of the challenges that faced President Obama at the outset of his administration was how to close Guantanamo and stop the military trials that tipped the democratic ideals of justice on its head.
I have no doubt that history will correctly judge President Bush who created the legal and international fiasco that is Guantanamo with the harshness that he so richly deserves. But now there must be those Democrats in Congress who allowed themselves to be used by the GOP who also need to face the pages of history.
Military commissions that hand out justice is a wretched way to conduct business and it richly deserve the wrath of the international community. Meanwhile federal courts have sentenced hundreds of terrorists in an effective and legal fashion that does not undermine our ideals.
The facts speak to that very clearly.
Since 9/11 there have been 6 convictions in military tribunals, while over 400 hundred convictions have occurred for terrorist suspects in civilian courts. Did America implode from the hundreds that were tried and convicted and I just missed the headlines? Or are Republicans doing what they do best?
Which is annoy the hell out of reason, and work overtime to twist and distort the facts.
The larger ideals upon which our nation was formed seems to mean less and less as time goes by. To a frightening degree this is happening more and more among conservatives who one would think might better understand the reason legal process matters in a democracy. The problem is that too many red-meat Republicans control the party and thoughtful, educated discourse is often never engaged in anymore.
Conservatives have thrown up false notions about how anti-terrorism goals would be undermined if Guantanamo were to be closed, or how all would be in peril if civilian courts were allowed to render justice. That just distorts the truth, and allows for terrorist elements to use Guantanamo against America.
I am embarrassed by Guantanamo, and also by the military tribunals that continue to occur there.
Caffeinated Politics supported the idea of the federal government buying a prison in Illinois for the express purpose of housing the remaining detainees at Guantanamo. It made sense in 2009, when the idea was much in discussion, and holds even more merit now.
All that is required now are the intelligent and forward thinking members of Congress to separate themselves from the rest and make it happen.
President Obama is ready to sign such a bill.
The world community is ready to make it happen.
History will judge it a brighter moment for American foreign policy.