A Nation Less Safe

by Sal on January 22, 2009

in Politics,War on Terror

On the second full day of the Obama administration, President Barack Obama has decided to make the world a better place for terrorists, depriving our men and women in uniform and in the intelligence community of the tools that they need to defend this nation.  In executive orders today, Obama ordered the closing of the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba within a year, ordered the closing of all CIA secret prisons throughout the world, and ordered an end to “harsh interrogation practices.”  Obama, explaining his decision, said:

We intend to win this fight, we are going to win it on our terms.

Right, so in the interests of defeating the terrorists and keeping our nation free from attack, Obama decides to make it harder, if not impossible, to extract information from the terrorists, as well as closing down the prison where we are holding them.  Where are they going to put them now?  Jim Geraghty at NRO’s Campaign Spot puts the question in simple, succinct terms:

The options discussed so far are right next to a nuclear power plant in Southern California, right next to the facility for educational and training programs for foreign military students at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas*, and right in the middle of northern Charleston, South Carolina, three miles or so from an airport.

If a detainee were to escape Guantanamo Bay, they would have the option of running to Cubans or sharks, and getting roughly the same warm welcome from both. A detainee who escapes from any of the U.S. sites is within quick reach of terror targets, potential hostages, means of escape, etc.

Geraghty also thinks that this is a battle that Republicans should wage against the new administration.  Closing Gitmo runs contrary to popular support.  According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 49% of Americans favor keeping Gitmo opened, while only 32% believe it should be closed.  Geraghty says:

Republicans don’t have a ton of issues in which public opinion is on their side; they should press the argument that American policy on detainees in the War on Terror ought to consider the objections of Americans in places like Kansas, California, and South Carolina as much as it considers the objections of the editorial boards of Le Monde, Der Spiegel and the Guardian.

Obama is reversing eight years of policies that have kept us safe since the 9/11 attacks.  The Republicans need to stand firm as the party of National Security, and expose how the Democrats are putting us at risk.   Oh, wait.  John McCain and Lindsay Graham support the decision.

We support President Obama’s decision to close the prison at Guantanamo, reaffirm America’s adherence to the Geneva Conventions, and begin a process that will, we hope, lead to the resolution of all cases of Guantanamo detainees.

We are now left with a nation less safe, a nation more vulnerable.  The tools which have been effective are being stripped away by a new administration that puts the rights of sworn enemies of the United States who have pledged to do us harm over the safety of Americans.

I miss President George W. Bush.

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January 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm
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Ryan January 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Today’s Gitmo order reminds me of the latest season of 24: a new administration’s in town, so Jack must pay for his past behavior when America had crises to overcome in the past, the FBI is so against “torture” or advanced interrogation techniques that they are willing to let Americans die to stay above the fray.

The season’s only had five episodes, but its relevance is already putting scary thoughts in my head if one day art begins to imitate reality.


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