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President Obama and Gitmo

President Obama, who has clearly ordered Gitmo to be closed within a year, had no plan about what to do with the prisoners/detainees there, and his lack of a plan has come home to roost. We saw this last week when House Democrats refused the president’s request for $80 million to close the facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detaining more than 200 of the world’s most dangerous terrorist /How’s this for the reason for this rebuke–offered by Rep. David Obey, the House Appropriations chair. “I’m not much interested in wasting my energy defending a theoretical program,” he explained. While Mr. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat, apparently supports closing the Guantanamo facility in principle, he wouldn’t fund a program that simply does not /Now the president is working feverishly over where to physically relocate the detainees. Many of our allies have shown little or no willingness to help. The administration reportedly plans to relocate shortly some Chinese Uighur detainees – trained terrorists by their own admission – from Guantanamo to the US. The president has no good alternatives. My guess is that he plans to provide them welfare benefits as they settle in and make themselves at home in our country. Wake up, Mr. President. Admit that you’re wrong and take actions that makes sense and will protect our country.

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