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Obama & Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: If One Branch is Good, Two Must be Better?

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Phil Bronstein Executive Vice President and Editor-at-Large, San Francisco Chronicle

Not every president in the last 35 years has considered Richard Nixon a role model. But our current POTUS seems to.

When the darkly fascinating Mr. Nixon declared Charles Manson guilty of murder before that 1970 trial was over, there was only a small intake of national breath. What about that whole innocent-until-proven-otherwise thing that's woven into our national fabric?

As with most things Nixonian, weird irony followed when Nixon himself was pardoned by his dragooned successor, Gerald Ford.

But now we've got Barack Obama judging Khalid Sheikh Mohammed guilty of the 9/11 crimes before the system Mr. Obama is supposed to uphold even brings the guy to court. Even Rudy Giuliani kept his opinions to himself, a rare moment. (Eric Holder gets to talk trash because, as attorney general, he's the prosecutor and is supposed to take a side).

And this is the second time in less than a year. Remember when the President tried and convicted the cop in the Henry Louis Gates ID incident? If Judge Judy Obama doesn't want to run out of conciliatory White House beers, he should stop playing the 12 angry men routine.

Of course KSM doesn't strike me as a Corona drinker.