Obama: Drop AlQaeda charges & stop drilling Utah – UPDATED

Okay, I think I’m done. No one can say I was not exceedingly fair to President Obama over the last week or so – and even this morning about the Exec Salary Caps for bailout beneficiaries. I don’t like the precedent – and I believe now that it’s been done for one group, we’re going to see the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Frank government move to cap other salaries, but I got the politics of it.

But now, I think I’ve seen enough.

Item:

U.S. President Barack Obama will likely order a military commission to withdraw charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the U.S.S. Cole bombing held at Guantanamo naval base, ABC News reported on Thursday.

The decision, likely to be announced on Friday, would end prosecution of al-Nashiri in the military court system that Obama has criticized and may ultimately dismantle, ABC News reported, citing unnamed sources. (Reporting by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

President Obama is going to talk to the families of 9/11 victims and those killed on the U.S.S.Cole. From what we have seen of the president these past few weeks, his talking to them will be very nice, and their concerns will have no affect on his position, whatsoever. Rather like “inviting” the opposition in for a talk and telling them, “I won.”

Andrew McCarthy believes Obama will be dropping charges on all the bad guys:

…it is noteworthy that, before the appointing authority acted this evening, Obama had scheduled a meeting for tomorrow afternoon with victims and families of victims not only of the Cole bombing but of of the 9/11 attacks. At a minimum, he appeared poised to announce he was dropping the Cole charges against Nashiri. All evening, however, it has been floated from several knowledgeable sources that the president was prepared to announce the dismissal of all the commission cases — i.e., not only against Nashiri but against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 plotters. That suggestion is supported by the fact that the 9/11 families were invited to the White House meeting: there would have been no need to invite them to discuss an announcement that impacted only the Cole case.

Dismissals, if they happened, would surely be couched as “without prejudice.” That is, Obama would be able to tell the families — whether he meant it or not — that he could always re-file military commission charges if he ultimately decided that commissions, rather than civilian trials, were the best way to go.

Those words, “whether he meant it or not” are pretty chilling. If those bent on terrorism were wondering whether Bush’s “strong horse” has left the building, I’d say they have their answer.

So, now, these combatants will be “held without charges.” Isn’t that the bad thing Bush used to do? Wasn’t that “unconstitutional?”

Ed Morrissey has more:

This decision puts Nashiri into the very status to which Obama and the Left objected so strenuously: held without charge. That was the status that Congress and the Bush administration worked hard to change twice in passing legislation that established the military tribunal system. The last time, in 2007, Democrats joined Republicans in creating a system with more safeguards for defendants than our own military personnel get under the UCMJ, complete with access to the federal court system on appeal. [emphasis mine - admin]

UPDATE – Peggy Noonan:

On Wednesday, in an interview with Politico, Dick Cheney warned of the possible deaths of “perhaps hundreds of thousands” of Americans in a terror attack using nuclear or biological weapons. “I think there is a high probability of such an attempt,” he said.

When the interview broke and was read on the air, I was in a room off a television studio. For a moment everything went silent, and then a makeup woman said to a guest, “I don’t see how anyone can think that’s not true.”

I told her I’m certain it is true. And it didn’t seem to me any of the half dozen others there found the content of Cheney’s message surprising. They got a grim or preoccupied look.

The question for the Obama administration: Do they think Mr. Cheney is essentially correct, that bad men are coming with evil and deadly intent, but that America can afford to, must for moral reasons, change its stance regarding interrogation and detention of terrorists? Or, deep down, do the president and those around him think Mr. Cheney is wrong, that people who make such warnings are hyping the threat for political purposes? And, therefore, that interrogation techniques, etc., can of course be relaxed? I don’t know the precise answer to this question. Do they know exactly what they think? Or are they reading raw threat files each day trying to figure out what they think?

UPDATE: Or, I guess the question is, “do you feel lucky, punk?” I dunno…Pakistan has just released the “father of the nuclear bomb” from house arrest. I wonder where he will go?

Item:

In its first action to overturn Bush administration policies on energy, the Obama administration on Wednesday said it will cancel oil drilling leases on more than 130,000 acres near two national parks and other protected areas in Utah.

“In the last weeks in office, the Bush administration rushed ahead to sell oil and gas leases near some of our nation’s most precious landscapes in Utah,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters. ““We need to responsibly develop our oil and gas supplies to help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but we must do so in a thoughtful and balanced way that allows us to protect our signature landscapes and cultural resources.”

“We will take time and a fresh look at these 77 parcels to see if they are appropriate for oil and gas development,” he said, adding that the Bureau of Land Management will return the $6 million in bids from an auction last December.

H/T Wizbang

Let me interpret that for you: “These drilling contracts are dead. We don’t care if it costs jobs. We have no intention of making America less energy-dependent. If we really wanted to do that we would have done it while Carter was president, or when Clinton was president, not when Bush was president because we hated him. But we never intend to allow America to use her own energy resources. We have other investments. We don’t care if energy prices go up. We are the government, and we won.

Item: This stimulus meets Rod Blagojevich

Item: Capitalism and Free Markets are failed theories? I can think of a failed theory called Barney Frank insisting that Fannie and Freddie had no problems. I can think of a failed theory that insisted banks make riskier loans.

Item: Combing through the spendulus yeilds some shocking numbers. More here.

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A baby is born alive and breathing, her umbilical cord is left untied and is shoved into a waste bag with the placenta and afterbirth, and thrown into the garbage. No, not a back-alley abortion. A legal one in a “legal” abortion clinic.

Item: President Obama, who famously voted against the “Born Alive” act, which mandated medical care for infants born during attempted abortions, and who is about to sign a far-reaching “Freedom of Choice Act” which will strip away just about all restrictions to abortion, said this morning at a prayer breakfast:

“We know there is no God who condones the killing of an innocent human being.”

Just words? Yeah, certainly seems like. Meanwhile, “Either women know what they’re doing, when they choose abortion, or they don’t“? I think abortion has been couched in euphemisms for so long that when a woman does see a living, breathing baby born from her, she does suddenly confront what she did not properly understand before. Yes, abortion is killing the baby. The only way you can stop it from being or becoming a baby is to kill it. A lot of people still don’t really understand that.

Item: Debbie Stabenow wants “balance” in media, and she wants it to be in the form of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.” And she is married to a former liberal talk-radio exec, but that is irrelevant.

Item: Unthuthers, even those given full credit by sympathetic media are still not telling the truth. Tax Cheats are still being offered up for positions of leadership by an administration that increasingly seems contemptuous of the rest of us little people, who should not mind it so much, and um…evaders are still evading. Broken pledges are broken pledges

Item: Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry? Well, yes, the president did call you to congratulate you on your ambassadorship, but we’re going in another direction, so how about Saudi…would you like Saudi? No? No one is in charge, here!.

Just who the hell is running this joint, anyway, and does anyone expect America to resemble herself at all, when they get done? I swear, between Obama’s just plain strange ideas about what the last 20-30 years between the US and Islamic extremists have been like, and his handing off the “stimulus ball” like a quarterback afraid of being sacked, to Harry Reid reminding me of George in Of Mice and Men, “Duhhh, I got da votes! I have a furry economic windfall for the government, and I will love it and pet it and I will call it a stimulus, and I will hug it to my chest until it squeezes the whole country…” I just don’t know what to think anymore!

I have a headache. I think I’m going to stick with religion. This other way, American politics, 2009 – there lies madness.

Daniel Pearl and the normalization of evil; and one to read and remember: Brother Pearl.

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  • kelleybee

    chocolates…Guiness…I need both now….17 days in this new era and I also need a folk….I’m done. Isn’t that Lent I see blessedly on the horizon….

  • Gina

    The inmates are definitely running the asylum.

  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    I can tell you, Kelleybee, that Lent is going to be a LOOOOOONG 40 days with no chocolate or Guinness! Perhaps God would understand if we only gave up dark chocolate and “made do” with only milk chocolate Hershey bars? (Without graham crackers or marshmallows?) :)

  • Bridey

    This is turning out to be so much, much worse than I could have imagined. So crude, so puerile, so small. And I can have no confidence, all things considered, that the damage these people are so determined to do will ever be undone.

    It is time, perhaps, to start saying goodbye to the country we’ve loved. Or maybe just to finally wrap up the goodnights that began when all those young men came home from Germany and Japan and fathered the generation that wouldn’t grow up.

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  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    I was fed up with him before he was even elected. Then he comes out with his “seal” “The office of the president-elect”. What an ego. As soon as he was sworn in he raised his hoity toity chin and looked down on the commoners in his presence.

    He has yet to fly over Kentucky and Arkansas to survey the damage from the ice storm his FEMA didn’t do much to help the people survive, but he has time to play golf with Tiger Woods.

    I’m so fed up I’ve started referring to him as the “Dear Leader”. Pretty soon we’ll all be living by North Korea’s standards while he eats $100 a pound steaks and keeps his office so hot you can grow orchids.

    I cannot put a title before his name because he is not my president. I have never felt this way about any president in my entire life before.

    I look forward to the elections in two years so we can help get some lower numbers for the D’s in Congress and hopefully the Senate, but the way the electorate is mesmerized by this man I’m not so sure it will happen.

  • http://hillaryneedsavacation.blogspot.com/ HNAV

    I am not surprised at all of the folly…
    We have watched the terrible offering of Nancy and Harry controlling the Senate and House since 2006.

    “We know there is no God who condones the killing of an innocent human being.”
    So far, it seems as if this is could be a sincere disaster – with a crushing failure producing some unknown crisis.

    The approval ratings of the US Congress and Washington in general is at an absolute historic low.
    And Nancy, Harry, Chuck, Barbara, Barack, etc., are making many rather scared.

    Ms. Pelosi doesn’t even sound stable…

    Does anyone really know, if Mr. Obama a true Socialist, a misguided Carter imitation, a Partisan performer who is just a dishonest politician?

    Perhaps he is a combination of all. It looks as if he is an egotist, who manipulates, and is now weakening the Nation with a naive return to a Pre 9-11 facade.

    The modern Democratic Party is showing us that they are simply not capable of mature leadership.

    Isn’t funny to see Mr. Obama’s continue to try to demean the prior Bush Administration?
    Will he be doing this when President Obama seeks reelection in 2012?
    Or will this poor offering make many more want a return of President Bush?

    Ms. Hamm’s post on the Pork Bill is quite telling…

    Democrats have rejected any Republican efforts to bring some sanity into the effort, and now this bill is even bigger than the House version.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling Republicans “out of touch” on the Senate floor, while only 22% of the pubic supports Democratic spending sprees.

  • http://ejhill1925.wordpress.com/ ejhill1925

    Beware, Israel! Any American president who would sell out his own military (and their dead) to the global Jihadists will sacrifice you in a heartbeat.

    Mr. Hussein Obama made it clear in his first acts (calls to the Palestinian terrorists and prostrating himself before the Arab media) that the days of the Jewish state are now numbered.

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  • Ellen

    I am sad and sorry. I had bad feelings about BO, but was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. However it didn’t take him long to lose my trust and goodwill.

    I see on a story in CNN, that FEMA has distributed food packages in Kentucky and they may contain tainted peanut butter. Meanwhile, the president still hasn’t visited, but he has time to play golf with Tiger Woods. If his name had been George Bush, he’d have been accused of genocide by the press.

    I am eagerly awaiting Lent.

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  • Pat_Patterson

    The charges, against Rashid and eventually those that remain in custody, were dropped because Pres Obama is planning to shift all the cases to civilian courts. Dropping the charges in front of the military panels is necessary to proceed.

    Now whether this is a good idea or not remains to be seen. But all of these men are still being held as enemy combatants and will stay in custody as long as Obama wants them too. Obviously there are political and moral reasons to suggest that he will not release them without a trial. And Pres Obama has never given any indication that he thinks they should be released without some kind of trial So I would suggest and wait and see attitude might be best instead of having the vapors right now.

    [I understand that he wants to lead them into civilian trials - possibly - I simply don't agree with it. These people are genuine threats to our nation who would as soon kill us as look at us, and because they're terrorists they don't wear uniforms - but they're soldiers, and not civilians. This communicates a message to people who are not big on making fine distinctions, and the message is, "if we catch you, you might get off!" Also, it should be considered that a move like this may well encourage "killing rather than capturing" these guys. But yeah...we'll see what happens. -admin]

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  • Gayle Miller

    I very much fear that before the end of this year there will be a second American revolution or civil war. The REAL folk in this country will only put up with so much and when they are done – there will be hell to pay. Start now to find some good, honest, solid candidates for the House. 2012 isn’t that far away and we can pull his teeth and cut this nonsense VERY quickly – especially when those morons in the House realize their cushy jobs are about to go away!

    [That's one problem, though, Gayle - we're all "real" folk. One of Palin's biggest missteps was suggesting that there were "real" Americans and "others." It's like when I get angry emails telling me I'm not "real conservative," or not a "real Christian". When we start getting into that sort of language, then we're losing the argument. -admin]

  • http://hootsbuddy.blogspot.com Hootsbuddy

    Again I feel like Daniel in the lion’s den.

    At the moment a dozen comments have been published, nearly all sounding loud “Amens” to your hail of criticisms of Barack Obama. No way to know how many unmoderated similar comments are in the pipeline, but this last one from Pat_Paterson gives me courage to speak.

    It’s tough having a trained constitutional scholar in the oval office. Academic types, whether trained in science, technology, sociology or (Lord help us) law, tend to presume too much when they speak. They almost always go directly to the core of an issue without first filling in the blanks for new listeners.

    Obama comes to the office with such a long punch list it’s hard to know where to start. His main challenge at the moment is to keep both houses of Congress on task to pass swiftly a stimulus package that all the smart people — left, right and center, Democrats and Republicans alike — seem in agreement is an urgent priority. As he pointed out, all the flap is about one percent of the package, but that’s all it takes for political animals to start acting like a pack of mad dogs. Last night’s pep talk to the troops brought out the partisan rhetoric, but it’s a signal that he’s ready to use a blunt instrument where comity seems to be failing.

    Conflating that savage Florida example of yet another late-term abortion with Barack Obama’s Illinois vote against a “born alive” bill is a cheap shot. He knew at the time that that vote was a political risk, just like the middle name Hussein, but he is a man of stubborn principle. He understands, as most people do not, that the abortion debate will never be resolved at the national level until the issue is first federalized, which at the moment it is not. When that time comes middle ground will have to be found to reconcile extremes. (Look for a heated debate over the meaning of the word “viability.”)

    I doubt I can write anything that will change minds in this forum, but for the record, I feel compelled to give it a try. Like commenter Patterson I say wait and see. Look at the bright side. It’s not Hillary Clinton.

    Today’s project is passage of a stimulus package. To the obstructionists I say lead, follow or get out of the way. What we need is an old-fashioned filibuster (not just threats) in the C-SPAN klieg lights so everyone can see who’s stopping a majority from moving to the next item on the docket.

    [Well, Hoots, we have no choice but to "wait and see" but the problem I'm seeing is that our "constitutional scholar" is dealing with people who don't give a flying rip with his constitutional scholarship and will see his move as nothing but a sign of the weak horse. But yes, it's "stimulus" today and I agree with you - let's have an old fashioned filibuster; I called for them when the Dems were "obstructing" Bush on the energy plan and I call for' em now. Yes, absolutely. Turn up the lights and let us see who is saying what. The unpopularity of this bill with the public who funds all of it should certainly be taken into account, don't you think? I don't like the "just shut up and submit" vibe coming from DC right now. Also, I'm a little confused why it was a constitutional "crime" for Bush to hold terrorists without charging them, but it's okay for Obama to do so. Lastly, Hoots, you needn't feel like "Daniel in the lion's den..." I think you know we're all pretty civil around here. We'll just nibble, not gnaw! :-) - admin]

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  • Piano Girl

    Yesterday, when “the messiah” got on the helicopter to head out to Andrews AFB to fly to Williamsburg to meet with his dimocrat cohorts, instead of saluting the Marine who stood at attention saluting his CIC, Hussein-Obama stuck out his hand to shake hands with the Marine. Not a frickin’ clue, not a clue!!!

    [OMG. He DOES know what he's doing, though - he's not saluting on purpose. What did the Marine do? - admin]

  • culperjr.

    My wife and I had a long, long discussion about these strange events yesterday. She and I approach some questions from very different angles. She grew up in a conservative home, and so she views liberals as calculating and shrewd. I grew up in a comparatively liberal home, and so I see it very differently. To me, liberals simply cannot see that their desired ends are inherently contradictory or self-destructive. They cannot help themselves.

    I don’t believe anyone, left or right, believes the stimulus package will actually work. In fact, I would wager that many know–intellectually, at least–that it will make things significantly worse. It does not matter. Actions, consequences, results do not matter. Words matter. Liberals are currently saying all the right words–children, jobs, hope. THAT is all that matters.

    My late, lamented, liberal mother, a raving pacifist, once sat up all night with a loaded rifle, fully prepared to kill some people who were threatening our home. She could not see any contradiction in this. Yes, she was a pacifist and yes, she was absolutely willing to kill. But isn’t peace such a lovely word?

    God save us from such people.

  • Piano Girl

    [OMG. He DOES know what he's doing, though - he's not saluting on purpose. What did the Marine do? - admin]

    The Marine shook his hand (from the reports I read/heard) and then went back to the salute of the CIC.

  • http://Yellow-blog.com Tim Mason

    Maybe not George from OMAM… I’m thinking this:

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  • Gina

    Hoots,
    Your entire comment seems to come down to “Obama is smarter than you, and that settles it.”

    Do you not see that the klieg lights are already shining bright on the Democrats’ willingness to exploit a national crisis to make huge political payoffs to their cronies, trying to push it through on fiat alone, and getting called on it?

    Why should we be glad that it’s not Hillary Clinton, when the Obama administration has proved every bit as political and corrupt as the Clintons? I for one am even astounded by it, by the baldfaced nature of it. Obama really is a typical Illinois politician- we all knew it, but some people are apparently still keeping the faith. The latest example being the power grab for the census, since their attempt to finagle a filibuster-proof Senate by picking off Gregg looks to have failed (talk about inappropriate meddling by the executive in the legislative branch!).

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