Stung by reality

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After months of incriminating the Bush administration, the Obama team may be about to imitate it instead.

The military commissions that the Bush administration sought to prosecute terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay -- a process that candidate Obama decried and criticized -- may not be such a bad idea after all, Obama administration officials now admit.

Turns out it's problematic, even for bleeding-heart liberals, to try most terror suspects in U.S. federal courts.

It was a silly notion to begin with. Foreign terrorists don't deserve the protections afforded American citizens. And the rules of evidence are totally different. Should we, for instance, require soldiers to give enemy combatants Miranda warnings? Should our troops be worried that American criminal defense attorneys will be scrutinizing their every move on the battlefield?

"During the presidential campaign," reports The New York Times, "Mr. Obama criticized the commissions, saying that 'by any measure our system of trying detainees has been an enormous failure,' and declaring that as president he would 'reject the Military Commissions Act.'"

Well, the president seems to be making an about-face.

"The more they look at it," the Times quoted an Obama administration official, "the more commissions don't look as bad as they did on Jan. 20."

It's good to see Obama administration officials coming to their senses. But it's too bad they were either too naïve or too disingenuous to do so earlier.

But that's just about the military tribunals. Closing Gitmo is a whole other hornet's nest.

Largely as a public relations gesture to the world, President Obama has announced he will close the terror detainee holding facility.

Yet, what will he do with the dangerous brood that Mr. Bush could not?

Other countries have yet to step up to voluntarily accept the prisoners. What now?

Concerns are spreading across the country that the Obama administration has painted itself into a corner -- and will have to transfer terror detainees from Guantanamo to civilian prisons around the United States.

One Montana town offered up their empty jail -- but that state's congressional delegation quickly snuffed out the idea.

"Not on my watch," says Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat.

"We need the administration to step it up and cover our flanks more," another Democrat told the Los Angeles Times .

Indeed, Democrats seem unwilling to provide the Obama administration the $80 million it wanted for closing Gitmo.

Mr. Obama bitterly denounced the tribunals at Guantanamo Bay -- which were structured by an act of Congress, by the way -- and condemned the very existence of the facility.

He's now having a tough time living without both.

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overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 05/09/09 - 04:25 am
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It seems that the Democrats

It seems that the Democrats are finding out that either they authorized most of what the Bush administration did or found out that it wasn't so bad after all.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 05/09/09 - 04:58 am
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By the time people decide to

By the time people decide to beleive their eyes and realize that hussien has lied and cheated,it will (already) be TOO late. hussien IS a muslim and ALL muslims are enemies of the U.S.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/09/09 - 05:59 am
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Reality has been a problem

Reality has been a problem for this president since Jan. 20. Obama ran on a platform of three planks, insult Bush, denigrate every action of the Bush administration and skin color. When it came time to put these planks into action he found they were just election year rhetoric and has had to resort to his Marxist beliefs. Having to deal with congress and occasionally being restricted by law is a nuisance to him. If he keeps bucking the Dem congress and making them look bad, he may have to be diverted past that grassy knoll in Dallas. It sure brought JFK into line.

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justus4 05/09/09 - 07:18 am
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The article is not truthful,
Unpublished

The article is not truthful, but these detainees will be treated differently than under Bush. That's the important fact. Also the trreatment of American citizens should be reviewed because some are dying in the streets by corrupted agencies and getting away through secret grand juries. Let's get some justice for Americans, then we can work on these Bush detainees.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 05/09/09 - 07:46 am
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"Moreover, it has become a

"Moreover, it has become a distraction to the important work you are doing as president. After much reflection, I believe it is incumbent on me to tender my resignation and step down as director of the White House Military Office," he wrote. - YES his important work of ruining the country.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 05/09/09 - 08:24 am
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justus4 - you apparently

justus4 - you apparently don't know what "JUSTICE" is as you are justUS. And who would US be exactly? Just you minorities?

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carcraft 05/09/09 - 10:10 am
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Pay back is a B*TCH!! Poor

Pay back is a B*TCH!! Poor widdow Obama, I'll close Gitmoo because I am so great, no plan, no understanding of the complexities, nothing, now even the democrates in congress won't fund it, HA HA. Holder yesterday was questioned about rendition under Clinton and how far back Holder's investigation would go, of course Holder knew the Republican questioner knew about Holder's invovlement in rendition under Clinton. It was funny to watch Holder squirm. I'll see this prisoners get American style justice, what a joke, as if a special opts guy is going to have time to do a chain of custody proceedure during a hit and runn raid... what a jerk Obama is..The New York fly over, $300,000 and one lousy picture! HA HA...The keystone cops are in business, it would be funny if Obama worn't the president!!

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carcraft 05/09/09 - 10:16 am
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I love when reality smacks

I love when reality smacks Obama's naivety , arrogance and hubris squarely in Obama's kister!!

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carcraft 05/09/09 - 10:32 am
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Grouse, what is the

Grouse, what is the differance between your source and the Agusta Chronicle?, Justus4, the prisoners have reported that thier treatment has BEEN WORST SINCE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE!!HA HA

mad_max
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mad_max 05/09/09 - 11:27 am
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Obama is like a guy who begs

Obama is like a guy who begs the girl, she says yes, and then he discovers he has ED. Wonder if she (the Democrats who bought into his lies and ignorance) will notice? And watching Nancy Pelosi do the Texas Two Step trying to dodge the "torture" issue is a hoot too. The minutes from the meetings prove she was there, briefed, and did not raise any concerns. Now her only options are to lie, which she has been doing, or admit that she was too stupid to understand what they were saying. Either way she looks like the lying idiot that she is. Oh and justus4....the article was spot on and totally correct. And, in, the case you are obviously referring to, justice was done finally after 10 years of the sytem letting him go. It is not a happy thing but it was bound to happen to him sooner or later. That "fight or flight" reflex will get you killed.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 05/10/09 - 12:53 am
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Again, some of you people

Again, some of you people like the ACES and PT can slap each other on the back and laugh, but you are still in the minority. Be happy and live here in Augusta and the land of make believe, but most of the country, and world, who get out and see more than some hicks on here, realize the truth.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/11/09 - 10:08 pm
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The writer of this editorial

The writer of this editorial is simply stating what the President and other politicians, specifically Democrats, have said and done regarding the terror suspects' detention and pending trials. Nothing untruthful about that -- unless, of course, these politicians were lying. There is nothing make-believe about the facts printed in this letter. It's in the news; anyone can read it for himself. So no make-believe, no untruths, just the facts, ma'am. "Some hicks" didn't make this stuff up.

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