Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Qosi, a 50-year-old jihadist who helped move al-Qaeda’s operations from his native Sudan to Afghanistan, served for years as bin Laden’s bodyguard, driver, and cook. On Wednesday, he pled guilty to terrorism charges. Notably, the plea was entered in a military commission -- a centerpiece of the Bush-Cheney counterterrorism approach that Sen. Barack Obama condemned on the 2008 campaign trail, much to the delight of the transnational Left. Qosi’s plea was doubly significant because material support to terrorism was included among the charges to which he admitted guilt.
President Obama has come grudgingly to accept military commissions, just as he now accepts the detention of enemy combatants without trial, the continuing operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the preservation of state secrets, and aggressive national-security surveillance. That's what happens when you transition from hopey-change candidate to accountable commander-in-chief.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Andrew McCarthy on National Review Online: