Guantánamo Bay was a byword during the Bush administration, with leftists constantly demanding that the Cuban detention center for terrorists be shut down. Obama won the election in part because he promised to do just that, but of course, eight years later, the facility is still operational.
As his second term winds down, Obama has been telling the media that he still hopes to close “Gitmo.” However, at the Weekly Standard, they point out that these media outlets were burying the lead, running interference on the president once again:
The news in the president’s interview wasn’t that he intended to make good on his promise to close Guantánamo, however belatedly. It was instead the president’s attempt to mislead the American people to accomplish his controversial objective.
“I am absolutely persuaded, as are my top intelligence and military advisers, that Guantánamo is used as a recruitment tool for organizations like ISIS,” Obama said.
This isn’t true. There is virtually no evidence that jihadists use Guantánamo as a significant recruiting tool, and national security experts from across the political spectrum who have tested the claim have judged it false.
The magazine says Obama is also lying about the recidivism rate. He claims “only a handful” of released prisoners return to terrorism. However, the magazine puts that figure at “nearly one-in-three former detainees,” which they add is “not a ‘handful.’”
The Weekly Standard then profiles, in great detail, some of those who’ve taken up terrorism again after leaving Gitmo, and ends on a somber note:
“It’s not clear today whether the Obama administration will succeed in closing Guantánamo. What is clear is that, in attempting to do so, the president is willing to free dangerous terrorists and mislead the American people and our diplomatic partners.”
It’s a sobering reminder that new leadership is required in the White House.
Credit: Weekly Standard