Morning Brief, Thursday, September 7

Gitmo and the Bush speech Bush acknowledges the existence of secret CIA prisons and plans to try 14 high-level detainees, who’ve since been moved to Guantanamo Bay, in military tribunals if Congress approves. If anything, it’s a brilliant political move just weeks ahead of the midterms. The tribunals Bush wants are nearly identical to those ...

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Gitmo and the Bush speech

Bush acknowledges the existence of secret CIA prisons and plans to try 14 high-level detainees, who've since been moved to Guantanamo Bay, in military tribunals if Congress approves. If anything, it's a brilliant political move just weeks ahead of the midterms. The tribunals Bush wants are nearly identical to those he's proposed before - and which the Supreme Court struck down in June.

There's a lot of healthy skepticism over the plan, especially in Europe. Calls for caution and resistance to preelection stampeding abound. 

Gitmo and the Bush speech

Bush acknowledges the existence of secret CIA prisons and plans to try 14 high-level detainees, who’ve since been moved to Guantanamo Bay, in military tribunals if Congress approves. If anything, it’s a brilliant political move just weeks ahead of the midterms. The tribunals Bush wants are nearly identical to those he’s proposed before – and which the Supreme Court struck down in June.

There’s a lot of healthy skepticism over the plan, especially in Europe. Calls for caution and resistance to preelection stampeding abound. 

Iraq

The US-led coalition formally hands over control of Iraq’s air force, navy, and an army division to PM Maliki. Violence rocks Baghdad ahead of the much-anticipated ceremony.

And the long-awaited Senate report on how administration officials sold the war to the American people? Most of it won’t be released until after the midterms.  

Elsewhere

NATO’s commander: We need more troops for Afghanistan. Blair announces that he’ll go within a year. Israel agrees to lift its blockade of Lebanon today. Another prominent rights activist is detained in China in what some consider a growing crackdown. A Sudanese newspaper editor is beheaded after angering Islamists. And the US cracks down on internet gambling.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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