The decision at least temporarily scuttles what was supposed to be the signature trial of a major al-Qaeda figure under a reformed system of military commissions. And it comes practically on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attack, which killed 17 sailors and wounded dozens when a boat packed with explosives ripped a hole in the side of the warship in the port of Aden.
In a filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."
..."It's politics at this point," said one military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss policy. He said he thinks the administration does not want to proceed against a high-value detainee without some prospect of civilian trials for other major figures at Guantanamo Bay...
...With the 10th anniversary of the Cole bombing approaching on Oct. 12, relatives of those killed in the attack expressed deep frustration with the delay... "After 10 years, it seems like nobody really cares," said Gloria Clodfelter, whose 21-year-old son, Kenneth, was killed on the Cole.
A Memo to Ace
Much as I enjoy the verbal stylings of Ace, he is dead wrong when he claims a "third party is the only way" because a particular funding arm of the Republican Party (in this case, the NRSC) went off the reservation.
If you want to defend the memories of those who served -- and protect those who serve today, you'll vote for every Republican you can in November.
A third party represents a fit of petulance that throws our warriors, our law enforcement personnel, our first responders, our children and our grandchildren to the wolves of Statism.
Who could advocate for such a thing, when the only tactic available to us is to overthrow the Beltway GOP? We've won some (Angle, Bennett, ...) and lost some (McCain), but we've battled hard to send more conservative Republicans to Washington.
A third party? Ace, have you been smoking crack?
Do you want Darrell Issa, bless his heart, to investigate the raw criminality that has infected the Democrat leadership? If not, vote for a third party.
Do you want to de-fund socialized medicine, the EPA, the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, et. al.? If not, vote for a third party.
I don't give a crap what the NRSC did in the Alaskan primary.
They are clueless little Beltway hacks -- and we can dispense with them after we crush the people destroying our Republic.
Hat tips: Michelle Malkin, Jim Hoft and Free Republic (images).