The Obama administration is calling their decision to close Guantanamo Bay
within a year "to further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice
I can't think of anything more wrongheaded. That's like saying 'I'm going to drive with a flat tire because it's safer.'
Gitmo has been an extraordinary success because it has enabled us to keep these terrorists in one isolated, secure location on foreign soil so they aren't subject to rights that would be accorded them if they were imprisoned on American soil. Makes perfect sense, right?
It has also allowed us to get extraordinary amounts of intelligence. Key example is KSM
, a major al Qaeda player and acknowledged and admitted mastermind of 9/11. We broke him after waterboarding, by the way. But we can't do that anymore because some people consider it torture.
Also considered torture is loud music, sleep deprivation, standing for long periods of time, being naked, being naked in front of women, wearing women's underwear. Yes, I know I posted about this exact same topic just a few weeks ago, but it's important and I DON'T FREAKING UNDERSTAND WHY OBAMA WANTS TO MAKE US LESS SAFE.
The people who are demanding we close the detention center fail to accept the fact that we've been treating these enemy combatants humanely. We have fed them so well they have gained weight. (I've also posted on this many, many times, check the archives.)
But the Left ignores that and claims that Gitmo is a gulag and we're torturing Muslims and it's illegal and they should be afforded protections under the Geneva Conventions (even though the terrorists target civilians, kill women and children, fail to wear uniforms of a united army or nation and always torture and kill our people when given half a chance.)
The idea that we keep America safe by dismantling the counter-terrorism infrastructure created by Bush and Cheney is patently absurd and I don't understand it at all. If we limit our ability to get information on terrorist plots and track the terrorists, if we handcuff our counter-terrorism officials and take away the tools of their trade, how can we expect to go another seven years without a major terrorist attack on our soil?We can't.
Obama had better get off the phone with the Palestinian leader Abbas and realize that he's got to bat .1000 on homeland security. Otherwise, his presidency is done and he will be declared a failure. And he won't be able to blame Bush because he will have crippled the anti-terror system that Bush created for his successors.