Giuliani: New York trials show Obama is soft on terrorism
Rudy Giuliani said Khalid Sheikh Mohammed does not deserve the legal rights that a New York trial in a civilian court offers. Obama 'is getting away from the fact that we’re at war,' he said.
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• Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and the Fort Hood shootings. Giuliani chided Obama for not deeming the Fort Hood shootings a terrorist act. Instead, Obama has tried to calm the nation and has implored Americans and Congress to wait until the conclusion of the investigation of the attack.Skip to next paragraph
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According to the FBI, the only suspect in the case, Hasan, corresponded more than 10 times during the past two years with a cleric in Yemen known for his anti-American rhetoric and his sympathy with Al Qaeda’s global goals. Mr. al-Awlaki was accused of being the “spiritual adviser” for two of the 9/11 hijackers while he lived near Washington in 2001. His website called Hasan a hero.
Giuliani said Sunday: The administration “has been very slow to react to the whole situation with Major Hasan, which was clearly a terrorist act in the name of Islamic terrorism.”
• The war in Afghanistan. Giuliani joined the chorus of critics saying that Mr. Obama has taken too long to decide whether to send more troops.
Politically speaking, what Obama’s review has done is to put him irrevocably on the hook for whatever happens there. If he is seen as going in any way against the advice of the commanders in the field – and if the situation deteriorates further – Republicans can portray him as solely responsible.
In other words, a Slate column commented: “Obama may have inherited this war, but it's about to become his war and his alone.”
• Closing the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. Two key members of the Obama administration – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and senior presidential adviser David Axelrod – reiterated Sunday that Obama intends to close Guantánamo Bay.
Reports suggest that the administration is looking at the maximum-security Thomson Correctional Facility in Illinois as one place potentially to house suspected terrorists currently at Guantánamo Bay.
“There may be some local officials who are going to support it, but I expect it will be a huge issue up in Illinois, probably in the US Senate race up there next year," Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told "Fox News Sunday.
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