Posts tagged ‘policy’

February 6, 2009

Charges against Cole terrorists dropped

by thoughtfulconservative

A possible fight between the Pentagon and Obama was averted as Cole charges dropped

President Obama will meet with the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and of the USS Cole bombing on Friday, a day after the judge charged with convening the military trials at Guantanamo ordered charges withdrawn against Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of being the former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al Qaeda and the mastermind of the attack on the Cole.

One important note on the charges,

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

It may not be any consolation to the families. I’m not too excited either.

But this was a pretty prominent part of Obama’s platform, and it’s one promise he was going to do his best to keep.

The best thing from this is that he remains at Guantanamo.

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January 27, 2009

“Clinton Names Climate Envoy”

by thoughtfulconservative

Via the Green Inc. Blog at NYTimes.com

Citing the “complex, urgent and global threat of climate change,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today appointed a special envoy for climate change, who will lead the United States in international climate negotiations.

Yes, one person in charge of negotiating.

The appointment [of Todd Stern] caps off a day of aggressive environmental moves by the Obama administration.

We’re going green!

Mr. Stern called for a new multilateral agreement on climate change.

“A new day is dawning in the U.S. approach to climate change and clean energy,” he said.

Not so fast.

The centrist Democrats who urge a slower-paced approach represent states that are crucial electoral battlegrounds and that stand to lose the most from such regulation. They say they believe that global warming is a serious threat and they will support legislation to address the problem — but not at the expense of their already-strained workers and industries.

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January 23, 2009

Exactly what I want to know

by thoughtfulconservative

Where Will Guantánamo Detainees Go?

One day after President Obama ordered that the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be shuttered, lawmakers in Washington wrestled with the implications of bringing dozens of the 245 remaining inmates onto American soil.

Another example of the law of unintended consequences. We all know why Obama made the pledge, but carrying it out won’t be so easy. NIMBYs will abound.

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