The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.
Officials said the first public moves could come as soon as next week, perhaps in filings to military judges at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, outlining an administration plan to amend the Bush administration's system to provide more legal protections for terrorism suspects.
Continuing the military commissions in any form would probably prompt sharp criticism from human rights groups as well as some of Mr. Obama's political allies because the troubled system became an emblem of the effort to use Guantánamo to avoid the American legal system.
In fact, some administration officials might be wondering why the Liberal-in-Chief stopped the tribunals in the first place:
"The more they look at it," said one official, "the more commissions don't look as bad as they did on Jan. 20."
Translation: Maybe that Bush guy had the right idea all along. Oops, sorry!
Isn't it weird how liberals often have to reject how they believe things should be and face the reality of the way things actually are?
Obama called the commissions an "enormous failure" and said that he would "reject the Military Commissions Act" when he became President. Now, in just a few short months, he realizes that is the best possible option, after all.
Who could have known that beforehand?
Oh, yeah! Bush did.
Ed Morrissey had at interesting thought pertaining to the timing of the media leak about the revival of military tribunals:
Does anyone else find it fascinating that the Obama administration leaked this on a Friday night? I suspect that they know just how much flak they will take over this reversal, especially in the media. This seems designed to bury the story in a weekend cycle, with a prayer that a big event occurs between now and Monday to keep it buried.