Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Yeah well, good luck with that

Obama gives Congress GITMO closure plan
"I am very clear-eyed about the hurdles to finally closing Guantanamo. The politics of this are tough.  If it were easy, it would have happened years ago."

For me, Guantanamo Bay is two very different things; 1) it's an historic, and very strategic naval base that we 'own' by treaty forever, or until both sides agree to let it go and 2) it's a prison. We should keep our naval base and close the goddamn prison.

There are different kinds of prisoners at GITMO too. There is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi bin al-Shibh and Abu Zubaydah who were directly involved in 9/11 and who should have been tried and executed in New York City many years ago.   That's what Barack Obama told you seven years ago.  If we had listened to him they would already be dead.

Some of the others are guys who fought against us in Iraq and Afghanistan and had nothing to do with 9/11. Think about it; you ship prisoners of war off to another continent and hold them forever. You can't do that.

We should keep our naval station and close the prison. Try and execute those responsible for 9/11 and send the rest back. It's what we'd demand of the captors of our prisoners.

But that won't happen Barack. It's way too rational for a Republican-controlled Congress whose constituents are too stupid to get out of their own way.  But please don't try to do this with an executive order.  It's too late. Walk away.