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The Corner's Mario Loyola explains what the war on terror is all about to Republicans: "The President just pulled one of the best maneuvers of his entire presidency. By transferring most major Al Qaeda terrorists to Guantanamo, and simultaneously sending Congress a bill to rescue the Military Commissions from the Supreme Court's ruling Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the President spectacularly ambushed the Democrats on terrain they fondly thought their own. Now Democrats who oppose (and who have vociferously opposed) the Military Commissions will in effect be opposing the prosecution of the terrorists who planned and launched the attacks of September 11 for war crimes."

Just out of curiosity: Does anyone know if there are any local ABC affiliates balking at showing the networks 9/11 bamboozlement documentary?

Clinton speaks out on ABC 9/11 bamboozlement flick, confirms that Clinton officials were denied opportunity for pre-screening.

TPM Reader ML is confused by the president ...

I am a bit confused, too. I thought the administration and its lackeys claimed it was treasonous to publicly discuss these secret prisons. I thought that the administration and its lackeys were pushing for journalists to be prosecuted for reporting about their existence. I thought that we were disloyal Americans for talking about such secret prisons. Are the administration's past statements no longer operable now that there is an election two months away?

ML is a tad snarky about it. But, really, it's the ugly truth. So much weight was put on the claim that these men were so dangerous they needed to be hidden in darkness. Long war. Long twilight struggle.

But the congressional generic won't budge off that 10 point GOP deficit. So what the hell.

Maybe I'm missing something. But President Bush's announcement today of the transfer fourteen accused terrorists from secret prisons abroad to Guantanamo Bay seems pretty elementary in terms of political strategy, no?

As we speculated last night, President Bush wants to gin up a hail mary pre-election political fight over the constitution (no pun intended) of military tribunals for accused terrorists. This election-timed stunt is intended to put fourteen faces on the president's fight over the rules for his kangaroo courts.

So now, you're either with Bush or you're with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

What am I missing exactly?

Remember: It's all about the politics.

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