Tuesday, April 5, 2011

 

Lee A. Casey and David B. Rivkin Jr.:
The Obama administration’s announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several other al-Qaeda operatives involved in planning the 9/11 attacks will be tried by military commission marks another step in the process whereby the president and his advisers are returning even to those Bush anti-terror policies about which they once were the most critical. . . .

The administration’s reversal reveals a growing, if perhaps grudging, realization — based doubtless on access to the highest classified information and more than two years of fighting the global war on terror — that the Bush administration did not adopt these policies as part of some grand strategy to increase presidential power. . . .

It would, of course, be nice if the president would publicly acknowledge that he was wrong about these things. Politics being what they are, however, this is not very likely. However, if he has not already called former President Bush to make that acknowledgment in private, it is high time he did.