Obama's Latest Gitmo Dump
The president's mad rush to let hardened jihadists return to the battlefield.
In his mad rush to shut down the Guantanamo detention facility, housing America’s most notorious Islamist criminals, President Obama has engaged in yet another Gitmo dump. In the latest outrage, Obama released fifteen detainees – 3 Afghans and 12 Yemini nationals – and transferred them to the UAE where they will enjoy their new found freedom and in all likelihood, return to their violent jihadi pasts.
Obama has made the closure of Guantanamo the cornerstone of his failed policies of appeasement and has done all that is within his power to shut the facility. Congressional legislation prevents him from closing the facility outright and he doesn’t have the votes to overturn that legislation so he’s doing the next best thing and is freeing the detainees, emptying the facility of its violent, hardcore inhabitants.
Throughout his tenure, Obama has released or transferred over 150 detainees from Guantanamo. Some of those transfers were conducted in a blatantly illegal fashion such as when 5 terrorists – the so-called Taliban 5 – were released in exchange for U.S. army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl. In that exchange, Obama demonstrated his utter contempt for Congress and the constitutional process by violating legislation requiring him to provide Congress with 30 days’ notice before releasing detainees.
Those supportive of Obama’s deleterious policies have claimed that the recidivist rate is low. The figure of 5 percent is usually thrown out by the president’s shills but that figure is an outright fabrication and number is alarmingly higher. In fact, in March 2015, reports surfaced that at least three members of the Taliban 5 were attempting to communicate or otherwise reconnect with known terrorist networks. Anyone with a scintilla of foresight knows and understands that radical Muslim terrorists, steeped in hatred of the West will revert to their old ways if given the opportunity. Moreover, many of Guantanamo’s detainees are not only imbibed with hatred, they possess skills of the terror trade that make them manifestly more dangerous.
Obama has offered a number of reasons for closure of the Guantanamo facility but they all fall flat. He has argued that Guantanamo serves as a propaganda tool for terrorists but that tired line is pure drivel. The 1983 marine barracks and U.S. embassy bombings, the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, the 2,000 USS Cole bombing and the 9-11 attacks, among many other outrages, all preceded Guantanamo. Muslim terrorists don’t need an excuse to hate and attack America. America is an anathema to everything they stand for and Guantanamo is just a side show.
He has also argued that the facility is expensive to run and drains resources. This is an almost comical excuse considering the source. The tax and spend Socialist in Chief has never met a wasteful project he didn’t like. Billions have been spent on Obamacare, an extravagant, failed socialist experiment that has visited disaster on the American economy. Nearly $1 billion was spent propping up the failing Solyndra solar power company and team Obama spent $500 million training four or five Syrian rebels.
He claims that continued maintenance of Guantanamo harms partnerships with U.S. allies and that the issue of Guantanamo continuously arises in talks with world leaders who express disquiet over its existence. Obama is of course careful to avoid specifying which leaders have expressed disapproval. Perhaps it was his good buddy Erdogan, Turkey’s unhinged Islamist thug whose abysmal human rights record makes Vladimir Putin look like Mother Theresa by comparison. The U.S. government should pay no heed to sanctimonious lecturing from third-world despots.
Lastly, Obama has argued that the existence of Guantanamo “runs contrary to our moral values,” and “is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of the rule of law (emphasis added).” Viewed by whom? He does not say. Nor does he explain how the existence of the facility “runs contrary to our moral values.” The detainees at Guantanamo are fed and clothed and accommodations are made for their “religious” requirements.
Let us not forget for one second the nature of the people we are dealing with. They are zealots who have committed bestial acts in the name of their religion and have declared Jihad on Western civilization and there is virtually no hope for their rehabilitation. Consequently, they need to be kept separate and apart from civilization. Moreover, Guantanamo has proven to be an effective tool for intelligence gathering and vital information obtained from detainees has saved lives.
This however, does not matter to Obama who seems fixated on closing the facility. He suffers from an acute case of myopic tunnel vision and is incapable of entertaining any argument that runs counter to the narrative he wishes to present. He has already fired one secretary of defense for failing to act fast enough on his transfer demands and demonstrated a disturbing willingness to trample on the U.S. Constitution to further his goals. For Obama, in his twilight months in office, Guantanamo’s closure is a race against time.