April 23, 2010

TONE DEF:

A Kinder, Gentler Gitmo: Obama hasn't departed from the Bush administration tactics on national security, he's just changed tone. (Adam Serwer, April 22, 2010, New Republic)

None of this is supposed to be happening. Barack Obama was elected having rejected the national-security policies of the Bush administration as a "false choice between security and liberty." Just days after his inauguration, Obama signed an executive order mandating that the prison at Guantánamo Bay be closed within a year. Mohammed's is the first of the new military-commission hearings to occur since that promise was broken. With the administration waffling on its original decision to try the 9-11 defendants in civilian court, the high-security courtroom where Mohammed's hearing took place may yet serve its original purpose.

In the meantime, the ongoing existence of the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay stands as a poignant symbol of the Obama administration's failure to reverse the trajectory of U.S. national-security policy and of its ultimate decision to embrace the core framework of the Bush administration's "war on terror."


"I can't be just like W, I'm a black Democrat!"

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2010 5:38 AM
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