Thursday, December 17, 2015

Oh Boy: Obama Set to Release 48 Gitmo Detainees

Trigger Warning:
Filed under "what could possibly go wrong."
The Obama administration may be moving toward one of the biggest transfers of Guantanamo Bay prisoners in years, as part of the president’s slow-moving and still-controversial push to empty the camp.
A congressional aide confirmed to on Thursday that the Pentagon has floated to lawmakers the possibility of transferring another 17 detainees. The aide said lawmakers will be briefed on the plan Friday -- while voicing concern that the strategy is to reduce the prison camp population to "as low as they can get," even if it involves "a good deal of risk."
Who is on the apparent short-list for transfer and which host nations might receive them is not publicly known, and could be reviewed at Friday's briefing.
The proposal was first reported by The New York Times, which said Defense Secretary Ash Carter has told Congress he’s approved the 17 proposed transfers. If this moves forward, it reportedly would be the largest number of transfers in a single month since 2007 and could bring the number of detainees at Gitmo down to 90. Officials described the 17 to the Times as lower-level detainees.
Well isn't this interesting?  It's well-known that Obama has wanted to close Gitmo pretty much since he started running for his first term.  The fact that he hasn't been able to do so has really got to stick in his craw.  This latest prisoner release is just the next phase of that plan.  Apparently a total of 48 detainees have been approved for transfer by various "security experts."  These 17 detainees are part of that group.  If Obama gets his way that means he'll have cut the number of detainees in Guantanamo Bay by almost half.

I'm sure there's absolutely no chance in hell that this is going to come back and bite us in the ass.  After all, it's not like the recidivism rate for released Gitmo detainees has increased or anything.  After all, we released five Taliban detainees in trade for deserter Bowe Berghdal, and they aren't up to their old tricks at all.

Oh wait...yes they are, actually.

Obama's made it abundantly clear that he puts his ideology, and his legacy, ahead of American lives.  Closing down Gitmo is the one thing on his agenda that he's been unable to do.  Guantanamo Bay, for him, is this stain on the country that keeps us from being numbered among the more progressive nations of the world.  I'm predicting that we'll see him forcibly close and relocate the Gitmo prisoners before his term is out.

Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.

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