In his May 21, 2009 speech on national security given at the National Archives in Washington D.C., President Obama stated:
“there is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world. Instead of building a durable framework for the struggle against al Qaeda that drew upon our deeply held values and traditions, our government was defending positions that undermined the rule of law. In fact, part of the rationale for establishing Guantanamo in the first place was the misplaced notion that a prison there would be beyond the law — a proposition that the Supreme Court soundly rejected. Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause. Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained”. President Obama separated the Guantanamo detainees into the following five categories:
Those who have violated American criminal laws and can be tried in federal courts
Those who violate the laws of war and are therefore best tried through military commissions
Those who have been ordered released by the courts
Those who we have determined can be transferred safely to another country
Those who cannot be prosecuted yet who pose a clear danger to the American people
Mr. Obama went on to inform us that he was not going to release individuals who endanger the American people, and that there are likely to be a certain number of “detainees” that we will have to hold for an undetermined period of time. Apparently Mr. Obama has learned that it is far easier to make campaign promises and political speeches than it is to develop and execute a viable plan for dealing with this critical national security issue.
The President had barely taken his seat in the oval office before signing an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay. So let me see if I have this right — ·
We must close Guantanamo, and the President has so ordered
We can’t just let all of the prisoners held there go free, they are too dangerous
We’ll have to detain them somewhere, but we need to do it right this time
We must avoid creating a new symbol that al Qaeda can use to recruit terrorists
So how do we protect our citizens from the murderous attacks of radical Muslim terrorists and still achieve President Obama’s apparent goal of getting the rest of the world to love us? It’s a complex and tricky objective wouldn’t you say? On the one hand we’re fighting a war against terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda; you know, people who praise god as they slowly cut off the heads of helpless hostages; and on the other hand our current President and congressional leaders in the Democrat Party are obsessed with the need to play kissy face with the rest of the world, in a vain attempt to make everyone like us.
Hey, I think I have the answer. First we will need to use an old politician’s trick and give our detention center an innocent sounding name that no one could possibly renounce. President Obama, I suggest you call it “The Temple of Temporary Residence for Goodness and Redemption”.
I even have an idea for construction of a new facility to replace that evil place known as Gitmo (this is very important because we don’t want to create a bad impression in the minds of our fellow members in the United Nations). Let’s model it after the Disneyworld castle. Who could object to that?
The constant onslaught from so called mainstream media and Democrat leadership in Congress to paint Guantanamo Bay as some sort of medieval dungeon of torture has succeeded in giving our enemies a valuable propaganda tool. This change is guaranteed to result in an immediate recruiting crisis for al Qaeda, touch the hearts of those in the Iranian regime, and quickly restore our image throughout the Muslim world. We could even adorn the walls of the detainee cells guest rooms with life size portraits of Harry Reed, Nancy Pelosi, and President Barack Hussein Obama.
No thanks necessary President Obama … I’m just following your theme of “Change we can believe in”.
That’s the way I see it – Al Lavallis