Committed left-winger Glenn Greenwald is laying the smack down on President Obama over at Salon.com over his policy reversals on Guantanamo Bay and the prisoners held there. He is provoked by a New York Times report that the Administration is going to indefinitely hold nearly 50 detainees without trial after a task force concluded that it would be “too difficult to prosecute but too dangerous to release.”
Greenwald explains that this follows an earlier reversal by Obama on a pledge to get legislation passed in Congress to authorize and provide oversight over his power on the issue. Instead, the Obama Administration, like its predecessor, now believes that such authorization was “implicitly” given in 2001.
This comes on top of delaying the closing of Guantanamo Bay until at least 2011, and the decision to use military tribunals, although the process is said to have been reformed.
At the end of his piece, Greenwald offers an update on how the Administration added a little extra insult to the left-wing base in its decision:
“Just to add some thick irony to all of this, today is the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Executive Order to close Guantanamo within one year — an anniversary the administration decided to celebrate not by fulfilling its terms, but instead by announcing that the central feature of Guanatanamo — indefinite detention with no charges — will continue indefinitely.”
I have an article coming out titled “The George W. Obama Administration” and I’ll link to it here when it is published. Now, a remark from me that will stir up some comments: Say what you will, but these are not the actions of a radical leftist on national security, but a pragmatic president who realizes that sometimes things are tougher than it seems. Don’t hurt me too much, readers.