Look Who Says Bush Was Right on Terror

Obama invokes Bush policies as defense in Couric interview
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2010 5:00 AM CST

President Obama rolled out a surprising line of defense when Katie Couric quizzed him about civilian trials for terrorists in an interview Sunday, writes William McGurn. "We're not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11," Obama insisted. Invoking Bush to defend himself is quite the reversal for someone who campaigned as the anti-Bush, McGurn writes in the Wall Street Journal.

The "new dawn" the administration promised on counterterrorism has turned into case after mishandled case that raises questions about its competence, McGurn writes. Expect more tough-sounding speeches as the administration tries to fix its image problem, McGurn writes, and maybe a rebranding of Guantanamo Bay to the "Caribbean House of Constitutional Correction" when they realize they can't close it.
(More William McGurn stories.)

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