Oct. 12 will be the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, and our illustrious president has made the decision to put the prosecution of the alleged perpetrator on hold for an indefinite period. Why?
This cowardly act took the lives of 17 American sailors and left 17 families to mourn their loss. I feel that 10 years is more than enough time to bring the accused to justice and give the families of our fallen sailors the closure and sense of justice they so richly deserve!
It is apparent that the decision to stall is a political move -- nothing more. The team of prosecutors was ready months ago and seemed confident that Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri would be arraigned this summer. Enter the Justice Department -- who, in the U.S. Court of Appeals, said that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."
The speculation is that the Obama administration does not want to go ahead with the prosecution of a high-value detainee without some prospect of civilian trials for other major figures held at Guantanamo Bay.
Mr. President, please stop playing politics with the call to justice for 17 American sailors! Stop now!