I want to go back to the subject of military tribunals. Obama originally ordered the end of the Bush military tribunal system. Then, he reinstated the system. I wonder why Obama reinstated the system?
KSM could have been processed through the military tribunal system without bringing him to our soil, without giving him a forum to attack us, without running the risk that so much of the evidence might be ruled inadmissible, and without running a series of other risks.
I understand you believe the choice of the US District Court as the forum reflects the confidence of the Obama Administration in a successful prosecution. But even if you are correct in this belief the fact remains KSM would be just as likely to be convicted before a military tribunal.
Based on the foregoing I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that there is another motive or motives to explain why KSM and his posse will be tried in US District Court. What could that motive(s) be?
Perhaps Obama wants to restore the reputation of the American judicial system internationally. But I don't believe this because there's no payoff. The Euro Peons are already in love with Obama so this isn't necessary in order to obtain their fickle affection. Imo the nuances and subtleties of the American Criminal Justice System will escape the Arab Street. The Arab Street will be enthralled by exposure of the faults of American policy. So I don't think an international audience is Obama's primary target. At best the international community is a secondary audience.
So it seems to me there is another audience who will be pleased by the exposure of American sins. Who might they be? The American Left? This is what I believe. This belief is based on my understanding of how lawyers and politicians do things in this era. A game within a game within a game. By that I mean lawyers and politicians must necessarily anticipate events by thinking many steps ahead.
What is the most important thing to any politician? Reelection. If Obama does commit to fighting his war, he will disappoint many of his core supporters. To counter the effects of that disappointment he must give them something they want. They want a show trial of the Bush Administration and the American intelligence community.
Yes, I'm speculating. However, there is a method to my madness. By eliminating other possible motives I am left with what I believe to be the primary motive for bringing the circus to town.
I apologize for this stream of consciousness.