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On Terror Detainees Obama Votes: Present

Posted by revkharma on March 15, 2009

(This essay covers a few topics, all of which reflect on the policies and practices of President Obama. I have been away from the keyboard a while and needed to get some of this out there. Bear with me, it’s worth the read.The Rev)

 

It seems that the Obama administration has decided to abandon the use of the term “Enemy Combatatants’, and to remove the legal rational used by the Bush Administration to detain those non uniformed,  non-soldiers who have been captured battling our forces. in a report on March 14, NPR reports:

“The president has the authority to detain persons who were part of, or substantially supported, Taliban or al-Qaida forces or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported hostilities in aid of such enemy armed forces,” the government asserted in court documents.

Although the brief maintains that the president still has the authority to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, it also incorporated international law and congressional authorization into its legal basis for doing so. The Bush administration had argued that detention authority was derived from the president’s authority as commander-in-chief of the military.

Note a couple of key points here. First, the wording about ‘substantially supporting’ the Taliban or Al- Qaida. This is exactly the justification used by the Bush administration. Obama has consistently assailed Bush for his detainee policies, but now seems to be adopting them as his own, with merely some wording changes. The more troublesome aspect to the report above is the statement that Obama’s policy is ‘incorporating international law”. There is no way to become disentangled from the mass of brambles once we cede control of our actions to the standard of ” international law”. There has been little attention focused on this, but it is a critical change in the stance of the US. 

As the courts are demanding hearings for all detainees, there must be some sort of agrument.  If Obama puts forth a legal argument in favor of detaining them, his leftist supporters will abandon him. If he agrees with the radical left that they should be released, the rest of the nation will react with fear and anger.

So what does he do? He punts.Today the administration has said it ins not yet prepared to offer a rational for the continued detention.

So, he is essentially saying nothing. He’s walking away and accepting no responsibility, and probably hoping that he can deflect the responsibility for any bad result to the courts, or, as he now is beginning to do, to ‘Blame Bush”.

Once more The Great and Powerful Obama has tried to have it both ways. He undermines US sovereignty quietly, appears to change a policy to please his backers while not actually doing anything substantive, and then puts off doing anything on a critical problem facing his government. 

This is a trend, and the American people are growing increasingly aware of this, and increasingly unhappy with it. While many in the media continue to crow about Obama’s ‘record high’ approval numbers, there is  much more telling analysis. In the Wall Street Journal you can see details of a Rasmussen analysis of approval ratings and negative ratings. The tarnish is beginning to creep onto the luster of Obama’s shiny coat of gold.  This may be the time of most risk. We need to be on guard for Obama to begin to roll out his remaining millions in cash from his campaign. As he sees his poll numbers slip, how far will he go to keep his grip on total control?

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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