I don’t get what Obama is doing here. He could
have closed Gitmo, created some sort of tribunal system for the current
inmates, and then stood up on a pedestal and announced that the United
States is no longer a country that detains people without due process.
And as soon as he finished that speech he could have gone on doing what
presidents have done for decades before Bush, finding the soft spots in
international criminal/military law to basically arrest and detain
anyone whom they considered a genuinely dangerous suspect. But what
he’s done instead of that, seemingly, is specifically endorse
preventive detention. He apparently is anxious for people to know that
that is in fact what he stands for.
Which to me is just… weird. I don’t get it. What does he gain from
making this move? I know what we lose, but what does he gain? Votes in
Alabama three years from now? Is that really what this is all about?