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The Tinny Bravado of Eric Holder

7:08 AM, Nov 18, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Eric Holder will say, according to the Associated Press, that "I have every confidence the nation and the world will see him for the coward he is....I'm not scared of what (Mohammed) will have to say at trial and no one else needs to be either." And, "we need not cower in the face of this enemy. Our institutions are strong, our infrastructure is sturdy, our resolve is firm, and our people are ready."

I suppose we should be grateful Holder is calling Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a coward, rather than describing the American people as "a nation of cowards" (as he did earlier this year). But is anyone else struck by the tinny bravado of Holder's prose? When politically correct careerists start beating their chests and proclaiming their own courage--you know they're in deep trouble. Let's see how Holder does today when he finishes posturing and has to answer the intellectually serious and morally compelling criticisms of his plan to grant KSM and his fellow terrorists a trial in federal court in New York. And if he does badly (as I expect), let's see if some congressional Democrats have the courage to break with the administration and join in passing legislation to block Holder's plan.