Love Obama, Hate Bush? April 4 Was a Dark Day
April 4, 2011, should be noted as a particularly bad day if you are a peace-loving, Bush-hating, grassroots activist who once loved Barack Obama. It was a day of disappointments.
Yesterday, Mr. Obama launched his second presidential campaign with a detached video and an impersonal email. This was not a deal-breaker, yet he might have dismayed some campaign finance supporters with his goal of a $1 billion campaign war chest filled by powerful, rich donors. And yes, his most adoring anti-war fans have been troubled by a third Middle East war in Libya.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., but in his online announcement the president failed to mark the day, upsetting civil rights supporters and others.
But the issue that clearly overshadowed yesterday's re-election announcement? Attorney General Eric Holder pulling the plug on his long-promised New York civil trial for September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and his co-conspirators. The White House had no statement about the reversal, and referred all press queries to the Justice Department.
With the Holder capitulation complete, it constituted a full abandonment of a signature Obama campaign promise. And to add insult to injury, the attorney general embraced the hated Bush policy of trying terrorists before military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay.
Mother Jones blogger Nick Baumann bemoaned:
Just hours after the Obama campaign texted its launch announcement to supporters, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that purported 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other suspected 9/11 plotters will be tried by Obama's version of the Bush-era military commissions.
Baumann's post is a teachable moment, a picture-perfect view of the Left's delusions: he defends the principal architect of the September 11 attacks as the "purported" mastermind; his co-defendants are only "suspects."
So on the same day he formally asked America for a second term in office, Barack Obama moved to ensure that the Bush administration's Guantanamo Bay-based system of two-tiered justice for horrific terrorism-related crimes will endure.
The American Civil Liberties Union shared Baumann's disappointment:
On the same day that President Obama announced the launch of his 2012 reelection campaign, he abandoned one of his major promises from 2008.
The convergence of events may not have been coincidence. Obama Chief of Staff William Daley -- as his predecessor Rahm Emanuel -- most likely saw the New York trials as death to the Democratic Party up and down the ballot in electorally rich New York State. A large contingent of rational Democrats understood that to proceed with a civilian trial for the terrorists -- awarding them rights they never gave to their 9/11 victims -- would doom their chances for re-election in 2012.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued the memorable quote of the day on the reversal, hailing Holder’s announcement as the “final nail in the coffin of that wrong-headed idea.”