The end’s in sight. The war against terrorism is coming to an end. The law enforcement action against those who do Americans harm has evolved.
The hard Left in this country was, like the rest of us rallied, however briefly, around a strong President taking action in response to 9/11 to protect our shores and to keep Americans safe abroad. That support was not long-lasting. From the start, they recognized that a real war would require sacrifice and would divert resources from their goal of expanding domestic programs — universal healthcare for example.
With the decision by President Obama to move the trials of 9/11 mastermind Khlid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorist suspects into civilian courts in New York, the President makes it clear that he thinks terrorism is a police matter. Even New York Gov. David Paterson objects. “This is not a decision I would have made,” he said. “I think terrorism isn’t just attack, it’s anxiety and I think you feel the anxiety and frustration of New Yorkers who took the bullet for the rest of the country,” he said.
New York City, as well as those who served in the Pentagon and those who were aboard the seized airliners, did take the bullet for the rest of the country. What happened then — and I think what happened at Ft. Hood –was an attack on America.
The Left would like to be done with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan so that it can take those resources and direct them to Obamacare. An indecisive President is indecisive because, I suspect, he agrees with them and wants to get out, but not in a way that makes a cut-and-run retreat obvious, lest the consequences for the Middle East be blamed on him and his party in Congress.
Civilian trials for terrorists is another effort to ease terrorism from a military/natonal security to a law enforcement/justice problem.