After 7 years of trying to close it despite bipartisan opposition, Obama is intent on leaving his successor with the aftermath of yet another mistaken policy.
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility after delivering his plan to Congress to achieve a goal that has long eluded his presidency.
The blueprint comes seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants, but it already faces objections from Republicans and legal obstacles they have placed to transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons.
The truth is that there isn’t anything wrong with Gitmo. In fact, it is an ideal location to house our nation’s most dangerous foreign combatants. It is isolated and secure. The problem liberals have with it is the fact that we’re holding Gitmo detainees at all. Even though Obama has released a lot of dangerous people and intends to release some more under this plan, he still wants to keep the most dangerous in custody, but move them into prisons in the homeland where they are less isolated. What is solved by that? nothing. All it does is make them a little less secure and a little less isolated.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s the end of the world if we stop housing terrorists at Gitmo. I’m sure we can keep them fairly secure in other facilities. There just isn’t any good reason to move them from a facility that is already secure. Why risk it when Gitmo is working just fine? Does anyone seriously think that closing Gitmo will buy America any goodwill with the Islamic terrorists who want to kill us?
Obama’s plan has nothing to do with security and everything to do with feelgood liberalism.