Sunday, January 11, 2009

Great Moments In Conservative Punditry: Glenn Reynolds Gitmo Edition

Glenn Reynolds makes the bold statement that Barack Obama will not closing down Guantanamo Bay.

OBAMA IS BACKTRACKING ON CLOSING GUANTANAMO BAY any time soon. Apparently he’s concluded that it’s not as easy as it sounded back during the campaign.

Reynolds muckracking evidence is conservative blogger JammieWearingFool. Besides proving that conservative bloggers give themselves the worst nicknames (see: Hindrocket), the ABC News article JammieWearingFool defeats the thesis of his post. Obama told George Stephanopoulos he intends to close Guantanamo Bay.

But Obama said unequivocally that it will close. "I don't want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantanamo and we are going to make sure that the procedures we set up are ones that abide by our Constitution. That is not only the right thing to do but it actually has to be part of our broader national security strategy because we will send a message to the world that we are serious about our values."

The only hold up is the legal matter of how to prosecute dangerous terrorists. Obama said the Bush policies have "tainted" the evidence against many detainees. The Obama administration has no intention of putting terrorists back on the streets. The Obama legal team is trying to figure out how to makes cases against terrorists. The Bush administration torture policies have severely hampered the possibility of prosecution.

The torture policies is why Bush put detainees on Cuban soil. Bush's hope was Guantanamo Bay would out ruled out of United States jurisdiction. The Supreme Court decision Rasul v. Bush ruled detainees could bring legal action challenging is United States courts.

JammieWearingFool wrote this missive, in all his keyboard warrior fury.

Speaking of the angry left, they're upset Bush won't be put on trial for war crimes.

Apparently, JammieWearingFool didn't read the ABC News article he linked to.

Obama said that he is not ruling out prosecution for crimes committed by the Bush administration and left open the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor or commission to independently investigate abuses of power and illegal activity.

I don't read any of this as backtracking from Obama. The President-elect likes to stay above the fray. Obama is trying to pass his agenda and doesn't want to get bogged down on if he will prosecute members of the Bush administration. Two things are clear. Obama refused to rule out prosecution against the Bush administration. (That surprised me.) The second matter is Obama stating: "I don't want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantanamo..." Obama could not be any more blatant.

I doubt Reynolds actually read the ABC News article. Reynolds links and keeps the Blogads revenue going. InstaCash for InstaPundit.

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