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.
6:55 PM / February 7, 2010