President Obama has once again released more terrorists from their holding pen at Guantanamo Bay. The latest five detainees set free are from Yemen, which just happens to be the location of Al Qaeda’s strongest modern base. You might remember Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from their attack on Charlie Hebdo two weeks ago! But while one might hope that U.S. leaders were coalescing around a strategy to wipe these terrorists off the map, instead we have a president who seems more interested in bolstering their numbers.
This week, the Department of Defense announced that four of the five terrorists would be headed for Oman, which is right next door to Yemen. But don’t worry! The DOD insists that we only release these detainees when we can get some security assurance from the country of their destination. Because it certainly makes me feel better that Oman is looking out for American security. They also emphasized that they must receive “humane treatment” assurances before following through on a transfer. Thank God! I was worried for a minute that these Yemeni terrorists might be mistreated upon arriving in the Arabian Peninsula.
“The administration continues to transfer Guantanamo detainees while providing virtually no details to the American people regarding the risk the detainees present to our country and our allies,” said Senators Lindsay Graham, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte in a joint statement. “We just sent four Guantanamo detainees, with potential ties to al Qaeda, to Oman — the same country that reportedly served as the jumping off point.”
It is certainly puzzling, isn’t it? What could be the reason for these hasty releases? If we look at it from a best-case-scenario point of view, giving Obama the benefit of the doubt, we can say that he wants to appease the Islamic world. In the wake of the Senate’s “torture report,” Obama wants to show the world that we’re not the bad guys that we were under the evil Bush administration. No, no. Look, we’re letting you guys go! Can you please stop killing us now? Pretty please?
That’s with the benefit of the doubt. And if that scenario paints Obama as a hopelessly naive idiot, what happens if we take away the benefit of the doubt? Then you have to believe that Obama wants these terror groups to reform. That he wants them to grow stronger. That he’s doing everything he can to bolster their strength short of sending money straight to Ayman al-Zawahiri.
But of course, that would be ridiculous. Treasonous, even to suggest such a thing.
What has happened to this country? From what page of the book on military strategy is it written that a country should release foreign combatants before the war is over? Ship them back to their home countries so they can rejoin the ranks. Where is that? I guess it’s okay as long as Oman has our backs. I feel safe now. Let’s go see what Kim Kardashian is up to.