Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports
The media have already begun cranking up coverage of this weekend’s fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. That event marked the first serious deterioration of public support for George W. Bush, although New Orleans’ Ray Nagin was the mayor who failed his city and left his population stranded while school buses went unused. The media made sure Bush got the blame, and a year later, combined with increasing sectarian violence in Iraq and a handful of House corruption scandals (some since dismissed), that would hand the Democrats control of Congress. The retrospective is the media’s way of celebrating their victory.
We should not forget we’re also closing in on another anniversary: it has been nearly 10 years since the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. Terrorists blew a hole in the side of the ship and killed 17 sailors just off the coast of Aden, Yemen, on October 12, 2000. One of the “alleged” bombers, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, has been in U.S. custody since 2002. But the Obama administration just announced it is once again dropping all charges against him.
Eric Holder‘s Justice Department wrote in a brief, “no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future.” This is the second time the Obama administration has stopped al-Nashiri’s trial, halting a Guantanamo Bay hearing shortly after Obama came to power in February 2009.
The trial seemed to be moving along last November — more than nine years after the bombing and seven years after the suspect’s capture — when Holder testified “the Cole bombing…was an attack on a United States warship, and that, I think, is appropriately placed into the military commission setting.”
Obama did not call the trial off over lack of evidence. Capt. Kirk Lippold, commander of the Cole when it was bombed, said, “I am very confident, based upon what I have heard, that there is more than sufficient evidence linking him to the attack on Cole directly.” The Washington Post quoted an unnamed military man who explained why Obama quit: “It’s all politics at this point,” he said.
The case is of more than passing importance. Lippold told Fox News, “The war on terror began not on 9/11 but on 10/12.” In fact, it began even before that, with the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the assault on the Khobar Towers in 1996, and the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. The Cole bombing was the final push before 9/11. Bill Clinton’s response (or non-response) assured the worst terrorist attack in history would follow. In fact, Clinton had stalled the previous investigations into Islamic extremists’ attacks on America, because they undermined his foreign policy outreach to Iran (that sure paid off), and because they exposed his lie that his administration was eight years of “peace and prosperity.”
Now Barack Obama is following his footsteps and doing…nothing.
Obama is not prosecuting terrorists, not prosecuting the Black Panthers who intimidated Republican voters (or white Democrats, for that matter), not prosecuting illegal immigrants already set for deportation.
Obama, Holder, and the Democrats have their priorities. Unfortunately, they aren’t America’s.