Obama Still Determined to Close Gitmo

Heading into his final year, President Obama may try to finally make good on one of his earliest campaign promises by shutting down the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. According to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, congressional opposition is of no concern.

“He’s going to work with Congress, present them with a plan to close (the prison), and then he’ll make some final determinations,” McDonough said on Fox News Sunday. “But let me be clear, the president has said from the beginning of this administration that we will close Gitmo because it’s bad for our national security and because it’s too costly — $4 million per year per detainee in that facility. That’s a travesty.”

Right, Obama has always shown deep concern for wasting money. Are we really supposed to buy this?

The idea that Gitmo is a potent recruiting tool for ISIS is equally ridiculous. But that’s apparently the administration’s new favorite tactic. In their bizarro world, the harder we fight terrorism, the more terrorists we create. President Obama’s philosophy seems to be something he picked up in elementary school: Ignore them, and they’ll leave us alone. Don’t draw pictures of Mohammad, don’t say “Islamic terrorism,” don’t block Muslim refugees, and everything will be just fine.

If that argument is valid, can someone explain where the World Trade Center went?

The men imprisoned at Gitmo aren’t bank robbers. They are dangerous prisoners of a war that is still very much ongoing. They are killers, driven by a single-minded mission to serve a bloodthirsty god. Release them, and they go straight back to the battlefield. Move them to the United States, and you give them the ability to spread their poisonous message beyond the walls of their cell. Can Obama please explain how either of these scenarios leads to better national security?

No, he can’t. And he won’t. Congress will reject his new plan to close the prison, as he already knows. As he’s made very evident, though, he believes himself above the petty confines of the Constitution. When previous administrations found themselves stymied by Congress, they either accepted political defeat or found ways to strike compromise. Obama just picks up his pen and declares an executive order. Game, set, match. Being president is easy when you can just do whatever you want!

Obama’s zealous determination to close this prison has nothing to do with national security, and it sure as hell doesn’t have anything to do with federal spending. 2016 is the year he’s going to tie up loose ends so historians can’t say, “He failed to get this done.”

Well, some things are better left alone.

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