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Maybe Closing Gitmo is not in the Cards

Posted By James Carafano On February 3, 2010 @ 8:23 am In Security | Comments Disabled

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Politico reported yesterday [2] that “The second-ranking House Democrat signaled Tuesday that the White House is reconsidering a plan to move Guantanamo detainees to a prison in northwest Illinois … Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he agrees that the Obama administration should reassess the plan to move terrorist suspects from the Cuba military base to Thomson Correctional Facility in the state’s northwest corner.”

If Hoyer is sincere and his assessment of the White House is accurate … well, that it is almost too much to hope for. Could the president actually be thinking about implementing a rational policy for detention, trials, and interrogation, rejecting wrongheaded initiatives that were formulated mostly to make happy talk to the left wing?

Okay, perhaps, the “happy talk” crack is bit harsh, but lets be honest—the reality is Obama’s “strategy has unraveled faster than an old sock [3].”

Republicans, however, should do anything but gloat.

Political posturing on this issue is just making us less safe … and it gets worse everyday. Yesterday found the FBI gleefully reporting [4] that they had the crotch-bomber talking. It is hard to believe anything but that this information came out to counter criticisms of the Administration for not turning him over to CIA interrogators. The problem is that I am sure al Qaeda appreciates knowing that the suspect is talking. The fact that he may be telling US investigators secrets is useful information to the enemy—thanks for sharing, FBI.

It is past time for politicians in Washington to stop the insanity. Playing politics with these policies is compromising our national security and making a mockery of the rule of law.

This is the perfect issue and the perfect time for the White House and the Congress to sit down and craft a true bipartisan plan. Here is why:

1) Clearly this is the best interest of the nation. If there is one issue where policy should trump politics, this is it.

2) We know what the realistic options are.

This is the test for the left-wing, the right-wing, and the West Wing. If they can’t do this … what else matters?


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[2] reported yesterday: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32396.html

[3] strategy has unraveled faster than an old sock: http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/James_Carafano_3EF04E7F-E1E2-4659-AE0C-E9E049AB335D.html

[4] the FBI gleefully reporting: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704022804575042000390632726.html

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