Friday, December 10, 2010

When announcing in 2002 that the U.S. would detain al Qaeda fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously described the base as "the best, least worst place." Mr. Rumsfeld's quip distilled a truth: The U.S. would capture enemy fighters and leaders, and their detention, while messy, was of great military value.

For two years, President Barack Obama has pretended that terrorism is a crime, that prisoners are unwanted, and that Gitmo is unneeded. As a presidential candidate, he declared: "It's time to show the world . . . we're not a country that runs prisons which lock people away without ever telling them why they're there or what they're charged with." Upon taking office, he ordered Gitmo closed within the year.

But the president's embrace of the left's terrorism-as-crime theories collided with his responsibility to protect a great nation. Now the reality of the ongoing war on terror is helping to shatter the Gitmo myth and end its distortion of our antiterrorism strategies.

This week the intelligence community reported to Congress that one-quarter of the detainees released from Guantanamo in the past eight years have returned to the fight. Though the U.S. and its allies have killed or recaptured some of these 150 terrorists, well over half remain at large. The Defense Department reports that Gitmo alumni have assumed top positions in al Qaeda and the Taliban, attacked allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and led efforts to kill U.S. troops.


Eric Martin said...

So if someone drinks beer and takes adderall and types this stuff, and hangs it on the internet, then everyone passes it around because it is THE TRUTH.

Give me a break.

Baxter said...

So the Good Doc thinks Sarah Palin is a "smarty". Hmmm. I suppose she could be the smartest one in a room full of Tea Partiers. Most reports - including those who worked with her in the Veep campaign - suggest she is dumber than dirt. I guess it is all relative.

Jim G. said...

So dumb is a gig on Fox news? Leader (without owning, a very smarty thing) the most important political moverment.

People don't wait in line for Pelosi to sign their books.

She is the second most important political figure in the country.

No too dumb I think.

Not sure what Sir Eric means. It was her editorial.

Eric Martin said...


Sarah Palin now has a small staff writing all those twitters, facebook entries, and editorials supposedly penned by her.

The work is so inconsistent that it is easy to tell when she is directly involved and when she was at the gym instead.

She is a small business. Nothing more.

Ten years from now she will be the answer to a trivia question.