Noted patriot David Horowitz, responding to the Obama administration's announcement that it would try terrorism suspects in civilian court, calls it "The Worst Decision By A US President In History." I'd snark about Japanese internment, or the trail of tears, but I don't want to tempt him.
In all seriousness though -- while there is a lot of blathering about Maoists and Castroites and America haters -- the fact of the matter is that America is a country of laws, and that fact seems to infuriate certain folks on the right. One gets the feeling that their rage at Iran stems from jealousy more than anything else -- why are they so lucky to be able to have process-free show trials and we're not? (Answer: because we're a constitutional democracy, and they're an authoritarian theocracy, and that's a distinction I prefer to maintain).
The international jihadist movement, more than anything else, wants to be seen as in a war with the United States. Why? Because wars carry with them honor, and glory, and most importantly, legitimacy. Al-Qaeda likes the frame of a holy war because it fundamentally legitimizes violence -- violence is not per se wrong in war -- and they like it because the glorious struggle of warfare is a fabulous recruiting tool for disaffected young men looking for a chance to prove their masculinity and honor. Which, in all likelihood, is why Mr. Horowitz wants to forward the war framing as well -- it fuels his John Wayne hero fantasies of being part of an epic struggle for global supremacy. Apparently, police officers are just too mundane. But America ought not craft legal policy based on what best enables David Horowitz's fantasy life. The struggle against Islamist terrorism is serious business, and it can't be left to fundamentally unserious persons like David Horowitz.
The terrorists of al-Qaeda aren't noble holy warriors. They're run of the mill thugs who happen to play with bigger weapons. That doesn't mean they're "isolated individuals who have decided to break the law" -- the law understands the concept of a conspiracy. It means that, morally speaking, they do not deserve the social elevation to the level of "warrior". They're not. They're simply violent criminals backed by a murderous ideology. Nothing more, and they deserve nothing more.
It is a symbol of American greatness that we are strong enough to follow the rules, even when our enemies do not. It is a symbol of American greatness that we always hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, even when our enemies openly flout them. It is a symbol of American greatness that even in times of great stress, we maintain our commitment to due process and rule of law, even as our enemies have disdain for both.
That's what makes America, America. And that's what makes David Horowitz anti-American.