"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
I agree it's hard to believe. I think Obama is taking what he believes to be a calculated risk. If Obama has Holder attack Yoo and the other neocon legal advisors, CIA and military/contractor interrogators directly he risks a political counterattack by the Right.
By giving KSM and his gang a world stage as a circus Obama knows that the Bush Administration, et al., will be savagely pilloried. Yet Obama will be able to claim "clean hands." In other words Obama is having someone else do his dirty work while he preserves plausible deniability. By preserving deniability Obama doesn't give the Right a political target on this issue. Finally, imo Obama may very well believe that the pace of prosecution will be such that any possible acquittal will occur after the 2012 election. After that he probably doesn't care.
If I am correct does this make Obama evil? Imo, no. It means he is a hard hearted, cold and calculating politician. He's merely one in a long line of tragic disappointments for our long suffering people.
You mean a fair an open trial in the very place where the crime took place?
You mean showing the world we've decided to go back to our basic values?
Yes this is really what the liberals want our country to look like.