First… I’m going to ramble a bit. I’ve had a tiring company meeting in Florida and I haven’t been home in over a week.
I would first say “Kudos” to Dan for ignoring the Log Cabin self-love fest with Arnold. LCR’s hard Left turn is complete as I saw a teaser for the Arnold dinner on CNN in the airport this afternoon. *rolling eyes* Log Cabin won’t get a red cent of my hard-earned money until they realize that they are not a solely-owned and funded subsidiary of the anti-American Gay Left. Log Cabin has a role to play….they have just relinquished it. Instead they are simply one of the tired old voices in the losing chorus of Leftist Anger. But more on my “Log Cabin Principles For The Future” another time…
Now let’s discuss matters of real importance — the safety of Americans in the ongoing War on Terror. Today the Supreme Court dealt a victory to al-Qaeda and their American sympathizers by siding with the enemy combatants at Club Gitmo.
Best of the Web has a good summary of the idiotic Hamdan ruling.
For now at least, the court has not mandated that terrorist detainees be granted the rights of either ordinary criminal defendants (who cannot be held indefinitely unless charged and convicted) or prisoners of war (who, among other things, cannot be interrogated).
The chief result of this ruling will be to delay the trials of Guantanamo detainees until Congress or the Pentagon establishes a regime of military commissions that meets the court’s approval. For those concerned with the duration of terrorists’ captivity–a perverse thing to worry about anyway–there’s little to cheer here.
On the one hand, Oakleaf at Polipundit summed up my initial reaction. This sucks.
These individuals have no idea what they have done. I wasted 12 months of my life in Afgahnistan for this. Support by the military in the GWOT is going to collapse. This opinion will go from a ripple to a wave throughout the uniformed military. We were slapped by John McCain last December. Today, we are slapped by the Supreme Court.
And I do agree. Does the Court now believe al-Qaeda will uphold the Geneva Convention?
But in a Karl Rovian twist, I began to realize how bad this is for Democrats as we head into the fall Congressional elections. Remember 2002? The Democrats chose their union buddies over the security of you and I in the battle to pass legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security. The Hamdan ruling creates a new but similar dilemma for liberals running for Congress. We will now have a pre-election Congressional session dominated by enabling legislation for military tribunals.
The November election will come down to this: Do Democrats choose to protect American security? Or do they side with the ACLU and choose to protect the civil liberties of known terrorists that are have pledged to destroy our nation and that are beheading, maiming and killing our citizens around the world?
There is NO middle ground.
It appears Nancy Pelosi has already chosen who she will stand up for. (Hint: it is not American citizens)
When Nancy Pelosi says, “Today’s Supreme Court decision reaffirms the American ideal that all are entitled to the basic guarantees of our justice system,” what exactly does she mean? I understand that honorable people can disagree on the Hamdan decision, but surely “all” aren’t entitled to the basic guarantees of our justice system.
A major battle in the WOT may have been lost today at SCOTUS, but this also may be a political turning point that results in a stiffer resolve by the American public. We shall see.
UPDATE (from GPW): Andrew Cochran at Counterterorrism blog appears to agree with Bruce, finding the decision “a huge political gift to President Bush.” As Glenn (to whom I tip my hat on this one) would say, read the whole thing!