The War Behind the War
Tony BeamDr. Tony Beam's Weblog
- 2006 Jun 30
Many on the Left are beside themselves with glee today. I mean after all, they really needed a win. With the death of Al-Zachari, the rise of the effectiveness of the Iraqi military, and the establishment of a working government in Iraq, they were having a bad month. The Washington Post trumpeted that the court, "emphatically rejected a signature Bush anti-terroism measure and the broad assertion of executive power upon which the president had based it." The same writer (Charles Lane) did admit there was a small silver lining for the Bush Administration...."the decision did not affect the government's authority to keep terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere." You get the feeling the Washington Post is saying, "Aw Shucks we didn't convince the court to let all the terrorists go free." I wonder if the Post had in mind setting up some kind of guest worker terrorist program if Gitmo had been forced to close.
The Washington Post went on to gleefully speculate that this may mean the Supreme Court will apply its skeptical view of presidential power to other effective anti-terror measures such as warrentless wiretapping. Heck, maybe the court will just go ahead and declare the terrorist winners of the the war on terror and then dictate the terms for America's surrender.
The decision by the Court was