The decision is actually a huge political gift to President Bush, and the detainees will not be released that easily. The President and GOP leaders will propose a bill to override the decision and keep the terrorists in jail until they are securely transferred to host countries for permanent punishment. The Administration and its allies will release plenty of information on the terrorist acts committed by the detainees for which they were detained. They will also release information about those terrorist acts committed by Gitmo prisoners after they were released. They will challenge the “judicial interference with national security” and challenge dissenting Congressmen and civil libertarians to either stand with the terrorists or the American people. The Pentagon will continue to release a small number of detainees as circumstances allow. The bill will pass easily and quickly. And if the Supremes invalidate that law, we’ll see another legislative response, and another, until they get it right. Just watch.
Let’s put aside the inherent nihilism in this response- the first thought of Mr. Cochran is not how to fix the current situation, but the political opportunities made possible by this situation. A goodly portion of the mess this country is in can be traced to this mentality- political power comes first, the good of the country dead last.
Let’s put aside the instinctive rush to simply find a way to do whatever the administration wants- this decision means nothing, it doesn’t mean we should step back and think about what we are doing- none of that. We are right, and let’s just find a way to do what we want to do, by hook or by crook.
Put those aside, and there is still something even more offensive about this passage:
They will challenge the “judicial interference with national security” and challenge dissenting Congressmen and civil libertarians to either stand with the terrorists or the American people.
It never gets old, being told you are a traitor and in league with the terrorists because you disagree with current administration policy.
Let me be the first to tell Andrew Cochran, whoever that is, to go fuck himself. Twice.
** Update **
It has been brought to my attention that Mr. Cochran may not be saying this is what they should do, but what they will do. If that is the case, my apologies. If not… well, I am not going to say it again.