You'll see the irony here immediately of course. Poor George W Bush was the focus of a relentless and merciless campaign from the media and the Left about the oh-so-shock-horror crime perpetrated against the inmates held in Guantanamo Bay, whereby it was asserted that they should be treated like common criminals via the regular criminal justice system.
Except it never was going to be that easy or that simple.
Now that reality has caught up with Mr Obama and the Democrats.
There is indeed a cadre of highly dangerous men, committed to violence as a means of advancing their religious ideology, who for one reason or another simply cannot be dealt with in this way.
So it turns out the Bush Administration was right when it claimed that it not only had the right under the 'laws of war' to detain these men, it had a duty to do so.
But you can guarantee that Mr Obama wont get anywhere as much grief from the media and human rights activists as Mr Bush did over this.