Friday, March 05, 2010

Castration Anxiety Or White House to Flip-Flop on Military Tribunals?

President Obama may be about to ax Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s plan to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian court, according to a story in the Washington Post. If so, the President will look weak, indecisive and foolish. And Republicans will be laughing all the way to the ballot box. Worse yet, David Kurtz over at the manly Talking Points Memo worries that Obama's attorney general will have his manhood damaged:

Looks like being Obama's attorney general requires putting your manhood in a blind trust.

Gawd. Good thing we don't have a Madam President in the White House or we'd never hear the end of the castration hysteria. Oh wait, castration anxiety is exactly why we don't have a Madam President. As the following views indicate, there's a lot more at stake here than Kurtz's fixation on his and Eric Holder's manhood:

Adam Serwer: Obama to Surrender? If what the Washington Post reports is true, then the Obama administration is on the verge of capitulating to Republican hysteria and moving the trial of the alleged 9/11 plotters from a civilian court to a military commission. . . Obama said that the choice between our security and our ideals is a false choice. He was right. The real choice was always between our ideals and our politics, and if the above story is true, then Obama will have made the obvious, if profoundly disappointing, choice.

Matthew Yglesias: Big win for the Cheney family.