Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Administration Detained?
There's an awful lot being written about the recent Supremes decision in the Hamdan case regarding the administration's handling of detainees. The observations range from "the administration has had it's ears pinned back and will comply" to "the administration will find a way to ignore the ruling"

My initial reaction was the later. But the more I think about it the less sure I am. Bush is in a greatly weakened position (finally) and Congressional Republicans are very nervous about the mid-terms. Certainly the administration isn't going to rock the boat with any new initiatives or challenges until after the election. But will the administration actually comply with the Hamdan decision in spirit and in fact?

I don't know if they will or won't. I do know that we should assume they won't. Giving Bush the benefit of the doubt has been a consistent loser since before his electi ..... ah ..... appointment. To approach anything they do with anything other than total skepticism is a big mistake in my estimation. A few years ago, that skepticism would have left one looking like a wingnut. Today it looks like good citizenship.

Another thought. I think the time is getting ripe for another al Qaeda attack in America. The last thing bin Laden wants is for the radical right in America to lose strength. As long as the neocons nutbars were running strong, bin Laden didn't have to do anything as we self-immolated. However, with the forces of reason gaining ground in American public opinion, it's time to rock the boat again.

Whaddya thing? Around Sept. or October?