Likely Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is praising the Obama administration's decision to scrap plans for a civilian trial of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Romney said in a statement on Monday that he hopes "inexperienced and naïve" President Barack Obama changes course on other policies, too.

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, is expected to enter the GOP primary in the coming weeks to challenge Obama in 2012.

Attorney General Eric Holder earlier Monday announced Mohammed and four alleged henchmen will be referred to military commissions rather than to a civilian federal court in New York. Republicans had been steadfast in their opposition to a civilian trial and Congress passed legislation that blocked any detainees at Guantanamo Bay from coming to the United States.