Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yesterday and Today

The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him.
- Sun Tzu

President Obama yesterday:

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

President Obama today:

Judge Suspends Guantanamo Cases at Obama's Request
By Peter Finn,Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, January 21, 2009; 2:07 PM

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Jan. 21 -- A U.S. military judge Wednesday suspended the trial of five detainees accused of involvement in plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, acceding to a request from military prosecutors in accordance with a directive from the new Obama administration late Tuesday.

The suspension halts until late May the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the avowed mastermind of the Sept. 11 plot, and four other accused al-Qaeda members, even though Mohammed and three of the four objected to the delay.

In Washington, meanwhile, aides to President Obama were preparing an executive order that would begin the process of shutting down a detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay naval base for captured terrorist suspects. According to the Associated Press, the draft executive order calls for closing the detention center within a year. It was not immediately known when Obama would issue such an order.

Yes, indeed, from behind the Resolute Desk, on his first day in office and his first act as Commander in Chief, watch our enemies cower in fear and shrink in defeat and hear the lamentations of their women as they behold the unwavering power of the new president . His is an unapologetically strong and unbroken spirit, entirely unlike that pussy Gov. Bush.