Saturday, March 14, 2009
Keep GITMO open!
During the Clinton years, we held these types of people in rendition jails overseas. It was a convenient approach.
During the Bush years, and 9-11, we held them at GITMO. It was a wonderful place to isolate some of the world's deadliest people.
The Obama administration just made a name change:
"The Obama administration said Friday that it is abandoning one of President George W. Bush's key phrases in the war on terrorism: enemy combatant.
The Justice Department said in legal filings that it will no longer use the term to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay." (PL)
We are not sure what the practical implications are. My point is that Pres BO is not moving anyone out of GITMO for the time being! Glen Reynolds looks at the change and concludes that this is "old wine in new bottles"! In fact, there is "There isn't much sunlight between Obama and Bush here."
Nevertheless, it seems to me that GITMO is exactly what we need.
It's offshore. They get 3 meals a day. They get lots of time to pray!
Again, we are talking about 250 of the world's deadliest terrorists.
We just learned that one of the GITMO alumni is a key player in Afghanistan. (We release them and they get ready to kill our soldiers!)
My guess is that Obama will play games with GITMO and never close it. Nobody want these killers. Nobody wants them in their district or country!
Pres BO is really caught between reality and "campaign promises" here.
I guess that this is what happens when you tell people what they want to hear! And you don't take into consideration the "national security" angle of your campaign promises!