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The Cole decision: UN-AMERICAN!

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Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010

The same president who has a predilection to bow before foreign potentates now is bowing to terrorism itself.

The Obama administration has shelved its plans to prosecute Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. He's alleged to have coordinated the October 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Seventeen U.S. soldiers were killed. Another 39 were injured.

"(N)o charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future," the Justice Department said in a filing made in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. (That was news to the Defense Department, which insisted charges still are being developed against him.)

And a president has spat upon the dead and the injured and America itself.

This case was ready to go to trial. So why scuttle it?

"Politics," one military official said.

Translation -- a lack of resolve to bring terrorist thugs to justice for fear that the sensibilities of terrorist coddlers might be hurt.

Welcome to the latest manifestation of Barack Obama's foreign policy deferentialism. What un-American injustice will this administration serve up next?

The decision to shelve the prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is a sign of American weakness that our enemies will exploit. And the blood of that exploitation will be on Barack Obama's hands.

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