Attorney General Eric Holder’s effort to give terrorists civilian trials was thrown under the 2012 campaign bus last week, when his boss, President Barack Obama, ditched the attorney general’s efforts to win control of jihadis who are captured overseas and also released a terrorist who murdered four captured Americans soldiers.

Holder’s failure, and Obama’s political priorities, were further highlighted on Saturday, when Iraqi officials announced that the terrorist, Ali Musa Daqduq, would only face a minor charge of illegal entry into Iraq, according to an Associated Press report.

During a Daqduq-masterminded 2007 attack on a joint U.S.-Iraqi building in Karbala, attackers wore U.S uniforms and killed a U.S. soldier prior to kidnapping four more U.S. soldiers. Other U.S. forces chased the fleeing attackers, who abandoned their vehicles after murdering the four American captives.

“The Daqduq case shows exactly why Congress is right to challenge the Obama administration’s misguided terrorism policies and to question Holder’s ability to put the nation’s security before [his legal] ideology,” said John Yoo, a law professor whose work for George. W Bush was bitterly criticized by progressive and Islamist advocates.

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