War on Terror? What War?
January 4, 2010
Can you imagine an administration so arrogant that it will not reconsider its decision to return Yemeni terrorists now being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to Yemen, much less its decision to close Gitmo in the first place?
President Barack Obama is obviously a man who won’t permit any facts to penetrate his airtight ideological force field, from deficit spending to health care to global warming to his non-prosecution of the war on terror — I mean “overseas contingency operations.”
Last week, Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Joe Lieberman sent a letter to President Obama telling him his decision to transfer six Yemeni nationals back home is “highly unwise and ill-considered,” especially in light of the attempted terrorist bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. The senators pointed out that the terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, revealed to interrogators that he had traveled to Yemen for training and to gather explosives for the mission.
Even Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, weighed in, saying “detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time. It is too unstable.” But the White House is undeterred, and even the closing of the U.S. Embassy in terrorist-rich Yemen is not causing the smug Obama to reconsider.
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace the administration absolutely intends to continue sending Yemeni prisoners back to Yemen. “We’ve had close dialogue with the Yemeni government about the expectations that we have as far as what they’re supposed to do when these detainees go back,” said Brennan.
With this bunch, you have to wonder what those expectations are. Three squares a day, perhaps? Sensitivity training for the guards? Releases conditional on the terrorists’ commitment to testify at the trials of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at the International Criminal Court?
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brennan volunteered that the administration is still bound and determined to close Gitmo — come hell, high water or the risk of increasing the terrorist threat against this country as a result.
“We will decide and determine when we should send additional people back,” said Brennan. “But we’re going to do it in the right way, because Guantanamo should be closed. It was used as a propaganda tool by al-Qaida, and the president is still committed to it.”
I wonder how Obama knows the terrorists use Gitmo as a recruiting tool? Have Gallup’s people been matriculating in madrassas taking the jihadists’ pulse? If terrorists do think negatively about Gitmo, is it because of the fabled mistreatment they’ve received there or the fact that we’re demonstrating our weakness by administering five-star luxury treatment to homicide bombers?
The answer is Obama is a liberal and he has deliberately surrounded himself with like-minded, weak-willed leftists who are congenitally incapable of grasping the presence of evil in the world. They are blind to the reality that the terrorists hate us because of their ideology and theology and not because of any alleged misconduct at a detention facility. Do you really think it’s plausible that people who engage in the brutal tactics these people engage in would bother recruiting on the absurd bases that Obama claims?
It was bad enough when these liberal Democrats were making such arguments for the cynical partisan motive of undermining President Bush and enhancing their own political positions. That was inexcusable. But now it’s even worse. These arguments are just painfully reckless and, sorry, stupid. Oh, how I long for a return of the adults to Washington.
Anyone with the slightest sense knows that the atmosphere has changed in our capital. Obama has unilaterally ended our participation in the war on terror. It is no longer a two-sided war; it’s their warriors against our prosecutors and public relations apologists.
The administration is focused on its own image more than it is on our national security, as witnessed by its scramble — following the foiled attack on Flight 253 — to prove that a worse incident had occurred during the Bush administration.
Even Politico’s Ben Smith and Carol Lee recognize the ineptness of this administration’s reaction to the incident. The White House’s response, they wrote, “could rank as one of the low points of the new president’s first year. … The episode was a baffling, unforced error in presidential symbolism.”
The president’s error is worse than symbolic, I’m afraid. And his errors aren’t the issue; they are symptoms of a relativistic worldview that doesn’t recognize the world as it really is or our enemies for who they really are. If you are not alarmed by his obscene expansion of the national debt, maybe his surrender in the war will get your attention. These are horrifying times.