GUANTANAMO BAY — So. About half a day before the pre-trial hearing for Omar Khadr, the Manual for military commissions finally gets Robert Gates’ signature. Press was briefed about the Manual’s finality right as the military judge who’ll preside over the hearing got word. The word around the bar from prosecution staff is that the hearing will actually get underway tomorrow, and get underway in a substantial sense. Which is the opposite of what the press corps here assumed: while, sure, the hearing was going to go forward without a Manual, once a Manual came out, there would surely have to be a pause to, like, read it. Apparently not! Or maybe so! We’ll find out tomorrow. This feels Lewis Carrollesque.