Diary

Obama in '06: "full military trial" for KSM

The corner points to Breitbart’s unveiling of Obama on the floor of the Senate in 2006. He says that “the vast majority of people at Guantanamo are there for a reason” and a lot of them are “dangerous people”. He says the most dangerous ones – naming KSM – will get military trials and that’s how it should be.

Then in a delicious moment of irony, he downcries opponents for saying the item being debated “will give all kinds of rights” to people like KSM: “I want to repeat: That is not true.” He says that it will ensure that KSM for example will get “a full military trial with all the bells and whistles” because the feeling is that he is “guilty of a war crime”. “I think that’s good.”

Note: The clip says it refers to HR 6166, but it’s not clear to me what he was speaking for. HR 6166 passed the House and got buried in committee in the Senate. S 3930, which Obama and most Democrats voted against, passed the Senate instead. I suspect the Obama clips were in debate over a failed Levin substitute for S 3930. All Democrats except Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu voted for the substitute.