You might ask: When we already have a secure state-of-the-art facility available in a remote area outside the US proper, with military guards and an ongoing and smoothly operating infrastructure, why is anyone proposing terrorist prisoner transfers to anywhere else? The recent announcement that plans were afoot to transfer some detainees from Guantanamo to Illinois has critics asking just that question again.
Sen Dick Durban (D-IL), a defender of the plan to bring terrorists into the heart of America, proved that he is more interested in pork than in the safety of his constituents:
“We believe this is in service to our country,” said Durbin who noted that Obama was directing the prisoners to his home state. “This is a great opportunity. Our state unemployment numbers are 11%…People are desperate for good jobs.”
In the smackdown heard ’round the world, Liz Cheney responded:
“Americans did not elect President Obama to usher terrorists onto the homeland and call it a jobs program.”
Indeed they did not. Even the man who commanded the U.S.S. Cole when it suffered a massive terrorist attach back in 2000, had something to offer:
“The Administration is now adding economic manipulation to its bag of tricks to convince the American people that somehow they will be better off if terrorists are held and tried in our towns and communities, instead of a state-of-the-art detention facility built for that purpose. Gitmo North is not the answer.”
But the question remains: When we have a secure facility already available in a remote area with military guards and a smoothly operating infrastructure, why must we close that facility and find places in this country to safely house terrorists who wish us dead?
Why? Because the man who made the promise to close Gitmo a centerpiece of his campaign is chronically stuck on stupid. And he’s now our President.