America's unfinished business
A dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, the trials against the accused jihadist plotters who incinerated pregnant women, firefighters, grandparents, newlyweds, toddlers and schoolchildren have yet to begin.
Justice not only has been delayed and denied. Justice has been demoted, disowned and deserted.
The terror-coddling Obama White House squandered precious years trying to shut down Gitmo to appease the peaceniks, transnationalists and Muslim grievance-mongers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder arrogantly attempted to shove civilian trials of the accused terrorists — which would have been held a stone's throw from Ground Zero — down New Yorkers' throats. Ever since, Team Obama has dragged its feet on military tribunals for the al-Qaida crew.
If we're lucky — that's a big if — the war-crime trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and his alleged co-conspirators may begin in the fall of 2014. Maybe. Thanks to cunning delays, made-for-media theatrics and stomach-turning whining by the Gitmo detainees, the journey to hold the alleged 9/11 plotters accountable has become a vulgar joke.
And if the clogged wheels of justice for 9/11 victims weren't bad enough, don't forget: In 2009, the Obama administration dropped the charges against 2000 U.S.S. Cole bombing suspect, Gitmo detainee and former Persian Gulf operations chief for al-Qaida Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri — and has made no progress on bringing him to justice since reinstating the charges (only under public pressure) in 2011.
How is it that America is poised to use its military — the American people's, not Obama's — for a humanitarian intervention in Syria that may very well aid and abet the same barbaric forces that brought unprecedented death and destruction to New York City, near Shanksville, Pa., and Washington, D.C., just 12 short unavenged years ago?
How is it that we prosecuted 2009 Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan quicker than his Islamist brethren who allegedly orchestrated the 2001 terror plot that killed more than 2,700 innocent men, women and children?
Remember: The Bush administration first brought military charges of conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft and terrorism against KSM and his Quran-inspired crew in 2008. Obama recklessly aborted those military tribunals in his bleeding-heart social justice bid to provide full U.S. constitutional protections for the foreign soldiers of Allah.
It took the united stand of 9/11 families, veterans, anti-jihad watchdogs and first responders in Manhattan in late 2009 to force Obama and Holder to retreat. That's the unapologetic vigilance America was supposed to have adopted after the planes crashed, the towers fell and the ashes choked the air. Instead, America's leaders have allowed jihadists to make a mockery of justice. Muslim Brotherhood radicals waltz freely in and out of the nation's capital. Border security remains a joke.
I'm sick of 9/11 anniversary ceremonies by politicians who pay lip service to peace and justice for our country but refuse to secure them. Remembrance is worthless without resolve. Resolve is useless without action.
Want to honor the 9/11 dead? Take care of unfinished business here at home. Put America first.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).