Maybe Attorney General Eric Holder is just one part of a White House administration that is as incompetent as it is dangerous. Maybe the ludicrous decisions that emanate from his office are really being made for him and not by him.
And maybe none of this matters and Holder should resign immediately for the sake of our justice system, our standing in the world community and our national security.
With the economy and jobs taking center stage, it is too easy to forget what a mess Holder has made of the war on terror. His Justice Department has on one hand systematically sought to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights, and on the other hand has rewarded noncitizens — namely foreign enemy combatants — with constitutional rights to which they are not entitled.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is an al-Qaida operative whom the U.S. captured in Pakistan in 2004. He purchased and stored at his house the explosive materials and detonators used to kill 224 people in the U.S. Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998.
Rather than try Ghailani in a military tribunal, as was customary in saner days prior to the 2008 presidential election, Holder moved Ghailani’s trial to a civilian court in New York. Maybe Holder’s hand was forced by promises his young, inexperienced boss in the White House made with nary a thought.
Or maybe we should believe Holder when he tells us he is committed to granting U.S. constitutional rights to foreign enemy combatants and terrorists captured on the battlefield as a perverted way of putting American-style “justice” and “fairness” on display for the many thugs who fill the halls of the United Nations.
No matter the genesis of Holder’s actions, his crazy experiment is the colossal failure so many predicted it would be. Ghailani was acquitted on 284 of the 285 charges against him. He was acquitted on 224 counts of murder despite his integral role in the bombings.
What Holder thought would be a slam-dunk verdict that would prove his civilian-court strategy genius was a horrendous miscarriage of justice that can only serve to embolden terrorists who mean to kill mass numbers of innocent people.
And now, in spite of all of this, Holder remains insistent that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and the terrorist who bragged about beheading journalist Daniel Pearl — should be afforded the same extraordinary “rights” as the newly acquitted Ghailani and granted a civilian trial in New York.
America simply cannot survive this sort of bullheaded incompetency.
The word on the street is that President Barack Obama is planning a significant staff makeover for 2011. And while it is too much to hope for “American exceptionalism” to be the core value guiding this administration, at least “American competence” can be salvaged. But this can only happen if Holder is no longer the attorney general.
Brad O’Leary is the author of “America’s War on Christianity” (www.americaswaronchristianity.com) and “God and America’s Leaders” (www.godandamericasleaders.com).