Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war.

There are lessons here for all who are quick to criticize America’s policies. First, too often we do not know about the underlying reasons which serve to form many of America’s policies. Second, we often fail to appreciate the demands of leadership while in the pursuit of doing what is best for America. Third, we should think more about the problem and ask ourselves what we would do when faced with the hard decisions. This act alone will cause the critic to read more.

The Bush administration, like them or not, understood the forces in this world which are collectively acting to literally destroy America. Believe it or not, but if you don’t then you are part of the problem.

Mr. Obama is now getting a bitter taste of the realities of the world. For America’s sake, I hope he drinks long and hard.