There still isn’t a plan. But Obama wants GITMO closed, a conversation Sen. Lindsey Graham doesn’t mind having. Now he can carpool to his White House visits because Rep. Pete King (R-NY), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, thinks it’s a grand idea.
His biggest concern? That GITMO, the Guantanamo Bay military prison, won’t be closed in the right way.
“Lindsey Graham deserves a lot of credit for what he’s trying to do,” King said on Fox News. “Everyone wants Guantanamo closed; President Bush wanted Guantanamo closed. The idea is to do it in a safe way and not have a rush to get it done the way it appeared President Obama and Eric Holder wanted to do.”
No one is explaining what the “safe way” really is or who they are worried about being safe since 20% of the released GITMO prisoners return to the Taliban with the numbers increasing.
A man who was freed from the Guantanamo Bay after he claimed he only wanted to go home and help his family is now a senior commander running Taliban resistance to the US-led offensive in southern Afghanistan, two senior Afghan intelligence officials said.
Safety might be better defined as simple precautions, like asking the terrorists to keep their fingers clear of the pinching hinges when the US military swing open the prison gates or instructing them to look both ways before crossing the street in Yemen.
If closing GITMO is only a move by the Obama Administration to heal the American world image – something not happening with the new rendition of “We Are The World”, two new left-leaning polls show it isn’t happening.
A majority of Americans say the United States is less respected in the world than two years ago and believe President Obama and other Democrats fall short of Republicans on the issue of national security, according to a poll by two left-leaning groups.
The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin — 51 percent to 41 percent — Americans think the standing of the United States has dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama’s presidency.
Americans, thus far, don’t appear interested in moving GITMO detainees to Thompson, Illinois or any other proposed mainland location, apparently not wanting a closer relationship with men thirsty for America’s extinction. Meanwhile, with Republicans actually fairing better in the two left-leaning polls, Republicans Lindsey Graham and Pete King are supporting the close of GITMO as long as it’s safe – a definition still undefined.
Cue the music video while we wait for the next news story of American forces fighting against an ex-GITMO detainee.