Did you know that 30 years ago today Ronald Reagan first called the Soviet Union the “Evil Empire” in a speech delivered at a meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals?
Calling communism “the focus of evil in the modern world,” his otherwise rather routine speech electrified and polarized the political class, as it was delivered at a time when Congress was debating a resolution in support of a "nuclear freeze," a doctrine then supported, not surprisingly, by the Soviet Union. It’s still supported today by Russia, their successor of evil.
And apparently it’s still supported by Reagan’s successor as well:
who has a lot more “flexibility” now that his historic, first reelection is over.
Butt don’t worry: we won’t be hearing much about it because we’re going to be putting on another circus in New York to keep everyone entertained. Yes, you read that right: Suleiman Abu Ghaith will be put on trial in New York! And it was all Big Guy’s idea:
By law, Abu Ghaith should have been transferred to military detention under the provisions of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires all members of al Qaeda or associated forces to be taken into military custody at least temporarily. But the NDAA provides a wide carve out for the commander-in-chief’s discretion in war time. And the President is authorized to waive the requirement entirely if he certifies to Congress that end-running the law is in the national security interests of the United States.
Several senior administration officials tell TIME Obama exercised the waiver in Abu Ghaith’s case after consulting his top aides, opting to send Ghaith to trial in the Southern District of New York rather than to Gitmo.
Like father, like son-in-law
Wow! Good plan! Makes you wonder WTF Big Guy was thinking when he decided to try members of al Qaeda like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Suleiman Abu Ghaith in Gitmo after he decided to try them in the Big Apple - before he decided to try them in the Big Apple (again)??? I guess he was just trying to WTF.
And now that he has indeed WTF, Big Guy has the flexibility to give them an off-Broadway civilian stage to perform on. Tickets go on sale next month and will be used to offset “selected” R-words sequester cuts.
With this masterful utilization of his “nothing up my sleeve” skills, Big Guy has dispatched all of our media lapdogs and al-Qaeda terrorists to New York to “cover” the trial. This gives him the flexibility he needs to “haggle” the terms of (our unilateral) nuclear disarmament with the new Axis of Evil behind closed doors. Transparently, of course.
Butt enough of that. It’s Friday. Let’s take a brief look back at the week we’re leaving behind:
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network