June 18, 2008

AS SENATOR OBAMA MAKES OSAMA HIS OWN WILLIE HORTON:

Obama, McCain Divide on a Key Strategy Point (ELI LAKE, June 18, 2008, NY Sun)

"Let's take the example of Guantanamo," Mr. Obama said to ABC News. "What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks, for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated."

Those remarks come after the Supreme Court last week in a 5 to 4 decision ruled that detainees in Guantanamo Bay have habeas corpus rights to plead their cases to a court.

After the ABC interview, the McCain campaign pounced. In a conference call with advisers to the campaign, a former director of central intelligence, James Woolsey, said Mr. Obama's interview disclosed a "naïve" approach to the overall war. Another participant in the call, a former secretary of the Navy and former commissioner on the bipartisan commission examining the attacks of September 11, John Lehman, said another director of central intelligence, George Tenet, told him that evidence in the trial of the 1993 terrorists was kept from the CIA that could have been used to round up al Qaeda had it been treated as intelligence and not evidence. The director of foreign policy for the McCain campaign, Randy Scheunemann, said Senator Obama's remarks exemplified a "September 10" mindset, the same phrasing Bush White House aides used to refer to policies they believed were not sufficiently robust in the war.

The line of attack from Mr. McCain should have a familiar ring to Democrats. The party's 2004 presidential nominee, Senator Kerry was attacked for favoring a "law enforcement" approach to what President Bush has called a war.


Some things are too serious to be left to Judge Ito.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2008 8:55 AM
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