Thursday, June 29, 2006

Supreme Court Ruling Presents Dems With Opportunity

From the Associated Press:
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying in a strong rebuke that the trials were illegal under U.S. and international law.
Bush said there might still be a way to work with Congress to sanction military tribunals for detainees and the American people should know the ruling "won't cause killers to be put out on the street."
The court declared 5-3 that the trials for 10 foreign terror suspects violate U.S. military law and the Geneva conventions.
Following the ruling, the President announced that he will seek agreement with Congress to set up military tribunals. Democrats can help make the case that they are concerned with national security by facilitating bipartisan efforts to authorize tribunals. Otherwise, the Gitmo terrorists will likely be tried in civil court. Defense attorneys will demand access to highly classified information. The government will refuse, resulting in months of tangential litigation.

In other words, Moussaoui times four hundred.

Will Democrats seize the opportunity to shake the image of shameless political hacks and opportunists willing to let Americans die in order to fulfill their political dreams?

Probably not.