Talk About an Education

The president is getting a lesson on Iran and despotic thugs. He’s also apparently learned something about the architecture which George W. Bush put in place to conduct the war on terror: it works! Or at least there is no viable alternative. The Washington Post reports:

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Well, I’m sure the ACLU and Left blogosphere will have a meltdown. Once again, those who cheered the president on and took his campaign rhetoric seriously are left disappointed. As the Post puts it:

Instituting long-term detention through an executive order would leave Obama vulnerable to charges that he is willing to forsake the legislative branch of government, as his predecessor often did. Bush’s detention policies suffered successive defeats in the courts in part because they lacked congressional approval and tried to exclude judicial oversight.

Still unclear is exactly where this indefinite detention will occur. But at least we know that all that talk about “shredding the Constitution” was just that — talk.