I’m Closing Gitmo!

It seemed that the White House doors had barely closed behind him, before Obama was claiming that Gitmo would be shut down, and the military tribunals halted.  There was an immediacy to the reporting that had me questioning, “What are we going to do with the detainees?”  I firmly believe that most, and probably all, of the prisoners there have been put there for a good reason, and that they would be trying to harm the U.S. and its citizens if they were not sitting in Gitmo.

It took one day before I saw another story that said (and I paraphrase), “Gitmo was definitely going to be closed…, by the end of the year.”  Nice, business as usual.

I see a good strategy in this for the Obama camp.  Throw a bone to your supporters claiming to be following up quickly on promises, and then begin to stall the process.  It’s a win-win.  You get to have your supporters actually believe that you are doing what you said you would do, while at the same time not doing it  And in this case you are able to continue to keep America safe from bad guys.  I don’t think we even need to speculate about what would happen to Obama politically if one of the detainees were released, and then was later confirmed to be involved in an attack on the U.S. or its citizens.

The ‘throw them a hollow bone’ ploy seems pretty sound as a political strategy.  It’s hard to find any holes in it.  A year from now when Gitmo is still open, Obama can sympathetically say that he too “does not want this horrible place to stay open”, and that they are shutting it down as quickly as possible.  Then he will say how unfortunate it is that it has to remain open for the time being, and by doing so, will by himself another year.

This idea works for almost anything.  Try this one.  Day one: “I have ordered the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.”  Day two:  “A schedule is now in place for the removal of all U.S. troops from the Iraqi theatre.  The joint chiefs have now been tasked to come up with a feasible removal plan for all U.S. troops in Iraq.  This, of course, will be gradual and will be accelerated or slowed down as we monitor the stability within the region.”  Wow.  This stuff sounds great.  Why, I think Obama could even increase the size of the force while appeasing his supporters.  Try this one.  Day one: “I have ordered the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.”  Day two:  “In order to facilitate the orderly withdrawal of our troops from the Iraqi theatre, and to promote the continued stability of the democratically elected Iraqi government, we will be committing 60,000 additional support personnel to the region for the next twelve months to augment the withdrawal efforts.”  This stuff almost writes itself!

I’m depressed now.

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3 Responses

  1. Don’t get too discouraged

  2. So let’s start two timers:

    1> Time till ‘detainees’ actually released
    2> Time till ‘released detainee’ is caught in act of terriorism against United States.

    We also need a counter:

    1> Number of United States citizens or soldiers killed by ‘released detainee’

    One might also want to remember that one of the targets of hte 911 attacks was the White House any of course it’s occupants.

  3. First of all… More than 60 prisoners that have been released under the Bush administration have been recaptured in the act of war. Dont blame the Obama admin for Bush’s mistakes. GITMO is a freaking wound in the side of America and democracy as a whole. GITMO closing doesnt mean were going to let the prisoners go. They will be redistributed to other countries.

    To: Rick King:
    Which is it? Is Gitmo an essential tool in the War on Terror, or is it an unnecessary embarrasment that needs to be closed. Be consistent. And, your idea that other countries are going to rush to accept these prisoners shows that you are either naive or stupid. The U.S. has to take the lead in this matter, and sometimes that means we must do what it takes to keep Americans safe.
    Bonafide (the management)

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