This is one of the worst editorials the Washington Post has ever been printed. Richard Cohen is a middling dolt, but this particular missive is an emphatic admission of his marginal faculties and substantive cowardice. Why either he or the WaPo would invite the scorn is a mystery.
Obama administration is tone-deaf to concerns about terrorism
By Richard Cohen | Tuesday, February 2, 2010
There is almost nothing the Obama administration does regarding terrorism that makes me feel safer.
Already, this is bullcrap – safer than what? A weak rhetorical tactic.
Whether it is guaranteeing captured terrorists that they will not be waterboarded, reciting terrorists their rights, or the legally meandering and confusing rule that some terrorists will be tried in military tribunals and some in civilian courts, what is missing is a firm recognition that what comes first is not the message sent to America’s critics but the message sent to Americans themselves. When, oh when, will this administration wake up?
And by “Americans themselves”, Richard means his quivering knees. He wants terrorists to be waterboarded, which is brutal, illegal and un-American. No, Richard.
He wants terrorists to be denied the rights that are unhappily guaranteed by our Constitution.:
The principle that the Constitution applies not only to Americans, but also to foreigners, was hardly invented by the Court in 2008. To the contrary, the Supreme Court — all the way back in 1886 — explicitly held this to be the case, when, in Yick Wo v. Hopkins, it overturned the criminal conviction of a Chinese citizen living in California on the ground that the law in question violated his Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection.
In case Cohen’s making some argument that he felt ‘safer’ with the previous administration here, the Bushies ‘mirandized’ Richard Reid, the shoe bomber. So operating in violation of the Constitution? No, Richard.
And all this military/civilian court ‘madness’? Name the last ‘Global War on Terror’ criminal tried in civilian court that didn’t get convicted and isn’t currently sitting in a penitentiary. Your beloved hold-me-daddy Bush Administration tried and convicted Reid in civilian court. So civilian courts are weak and scary? No, Richard.
This is what passes for editorial material in the Washington Post.
But the paramount civil liberty is a sense of security and this, sad to say, has eroded under Barack Obama.
A ‘sense of security’ is the pre-eminent civil liberty? I’d like to see somebody try to sue for that. Richard Cohen is too stupid for comment.
Repeatedly, the administration has shown poor judgment. Abdulmutallab’s silence is a scream that something is wrong.
Something is…wrong. Just in:
Underwear bomber talking again
You can stop shrieking now Rich.