The United States Congress has twice made it clear that the president is not to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, but that’s not important to a president who considers Congress somehow beneath him. To wit, Obama announced Tuesday that he was sending a comprehensive plan to close the facility to lawmakers.
“It’s been clear that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security,” Obama said. “It undermines it.”
Obama has been promising to close the prison since his original campaign in 2008, but he has faced strong opposition from Republicans. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that opposition remained steadfast. “President Obama seems to be captured on one matter by one campaign promise he made in 2008,” said McConnell. “This isn’t even a case where the president can use some kind of pen and phone strategy by claiming the Congress refused to act.”
Obama’s plan involves moving somewhere between 30 and 60 detainees from Cuba to the U.S., and it lays out possible locations in Kansas, Colorado, and South Carolina. The rest of the detainees would be sent to whichever countries are willing to take them.
“Keeping this facility open is contrary to our values,” Obama said. “It undermines our standing in the world. It is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law.”
Obama has not ruled out using an executive order to close the facility in lieu of congressional support.
It’s disgusting to watch Obama talk about our “values” in this context. How about the value of keeping America safe? That’s a pretty good one, isn’t it? Maybe Obama could concentrate more on that…you know, his sworn duty…and less on liberal moralizing. Especially when that moralizing centers around some of the most despicable human beings ever to walk the planet. Terrorists. Murderers. Dangerous men who would just as soon kill an American as look at him.
Is Guantanamo an ideal situation? Not hardly, but the war on terror is not over. Not by a long shot. Islamic extremism has grown, spread, and flourished in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. But this president wants us to believe that we have nothing to worry about. Or he wants us to think that Gitmo is a recruiting tool for ISIS. If that’s true, though, wouldn’t that just transfer over to whichever facility we move the terrorists to?
The competent, brave Naval troops guarding Gitmo have done a fine job of it for many years. Instead of gambling with the lives of innocent Americans, how about we let them keep doing that job?