Another day, another trumped up controversy for Barack Obama. Republicans today seem intent that the only way they are going to win national political office again is to trump up a controversy for the president in hopes that it will cause people to vote for them next year. We'll see, but I don't think it will work. Eventually the American people will tire of the Republicans everyday trying to make a controversy over nothing. What's worse for them is that some of these controversies that they are trying to fabricate they supported just a few years ago.
The latest comes with news that terrorist suspects Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects are going to be tried in the civil courts in New York State in Manhattan.
Many conservatives have lambasted Obama on the decision. One particular Representative, Peter King supposedly called it the worst decision by any President ever. Really Mr. King? So dropping an atomic bomb on a city full of innocent Japanese, or going to war in Vietnam, or sending men to break into a hotel to steal information on Democrats, or trading arms with Iranians don't even compare with putting on trial men who were involved in killing over 3,000 Americans. Representative King, though, it should be noted isn't a fan of Muslims or really anyone white to be perfectly honest. His comments aren't surprising.
The person's comments that are shocking (well a few years ago they would have been, today they are just par for the course) is Rudy Guiliani.
On CNN, he said of the decision to try these men in New York that it would pose security problems for New York City. He also said that "If it was necessary, if this was the only option, well, of course, I'd be in favor of it", which is nothing more than a nice little way for him to cover his own hide.
Here's his dirty little secret that he apparently thinks no one remembers. This does go back to Republicans having this inability to figure out that once you say something on tape it is always there. This is what he said after the 1993 trial for the men who bombed the Trade Center at that time:
I think it shows you put terrorism on one side, you put our legal system on the other, and our legal system comes out ahead.
Apparently 16 years ago Mr. Guiliani favored our legal system over military tribunals and they were another option.
But in 2006 after he TESTIFIED in the civil case against terror suspect Moussaoui he had this to say about trying terror suspects in civil courts rather than military trubunals:
At the same time, I was in awe of our system ... It does demonstrate that we can give people a fair trial, that we are exactly what we say we are. We are a nation of law. . . . I think he's going to be a symbol of American justice.
So somehow between 2006 when trying a terror suspect in our court of laws was a symbol of American justice and 2009 a trial of terror suspects has suddenly became a burden of the American justice.
I don't know about you but I would rather try these men in the court of law to show the rest of world that our court system is one of the best in the world.
But as I said originally this is just another attempt to cause a controversy for the Obama Administration. Something else will come up to take away from this one. Oh wait it already has, Obama is now being criticized for bowing to the heads of state of Japan. Oh and he has also been criticized for mentioning a bad grade one of his daughters made in a class. He was using to illustrate a point that after the bad grade they went to work to improve her study habits and it worked. But to the extreme right it was just exploiting his daughter. Funny, though, that when Mrs. Palin exploits her children it's sweet and heartwarming, when Obama does it it's an almost impeachable offense.
The controversy machine on the right never ceases to amaze me. By the end of the year I'll almost promise you that they will accuse him of not tying his shoes correctly. After all this is the same group that was duped on a supposed senior thesis he wrote in college. Rush Limbaugh ran with it for days. After it was discovered that it was fake and they had egg all over their faces, Rush actually came out and blamed the fake and him being duped on Obama. Classy guy, that Rush.
Politics as usual.