- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

By deciding to move the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four cohorts to a civilian court in New York City of all places, the Obama administration once again is making President Obama’s popularity in the rest of the world a bigger priority than doing what is right and sensible for America (“5 suspects to be tried in New York City,” E-Edition, Page 1, Saturday).

After his global apology tours earlier this year - in which he came across as saying that our country was a no-good mess before he arrived to save it - Mr. Obama now is willing to put on a circus in order to show the world how much fairer he is than his predecessor.

What benefit to the American people can possibly come from this decision? We are giving the terrorists a platform they otherwise would not have, and I don’t see how America can do anything but lose in the world of public opinion. If we know the terrorists are guilty, and a jury confirms it, will any minds be changed for the better outside of our country? And if they are found innocent, won’t we have to release them to appease the rest of the world? And if we don’t, our reputation will take a major hit. This move puts us in a no-win situation.

Be it ego, inexperience or incompetence, this decision is wrong. Not only will it drag the issue on forever, but it also will result in an unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.

JOHN A. YERRICK

Bethesda

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