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Is Obama Continuing the Bush Policy on Detainees?

The Obama Administration now argues that its treating war criminals like 7-11 robbers is a continuation of the Bush policy.  After all, the argument goes, the Bush Administration tried "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, a few miles from the Pentagon.  But the Bush Administration realized its mistake, when the court returned only a life sentence and not the death penalty.  They had banked on a conservative jury doing full justice.  Evidently the Obama Administration does not see what a blunder the Bush policy was.  The Bush people grasped it, just as they gradually figured out what to do in Iraq.  One despairs of the Obamans ever getting it.
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