We have all met that person. They have many opinions about what is wrong in the world. This is morally wrong. This is causing others to hate us, so we should stop. The problem with this kind of person is that they usually have no solutions. They have the knack for telling you what you are doing wrong, but no ways to fix it. This is the Obama Administration and foreign policy.
For the last seven years, we have heard why we have got it all wrong internationally. Countries hate us because we butt in and are arrogant. We have detained prisoners in a foreign prison with no solution as to what should be done with them. This has embittered our enemies and has been used as a recruitment device. And now, Obama, worried about his legacy, is pushing once again to close Gitmo.
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The Pentagon is expected to release a plan next week on President Obama's years-long effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center that suggests a Colorado prison dubbed "the Alcatraz of the Rockies" as one suitable site to relocate expected life-long detainees, Obama administration officials say.
Obama made a campaign promise in his 2008 White House bid to close the facility, arguing the move would be in the United States' best financial, national security and foreign policy interests and in the name of justice — considering some of the detainees have been held for nearly nine years without trial or sentencing.
Every time this issue comes up, the answer from his critiques is always the same: what are we to do with those who are too dangerous to release? Look at those we have returned to the Middle East: they are, once again, fighting against us. But now, we are looking at real options. But is this what we really want? Do we really want terrorists living in our states?
The Florence, Colo., prison is among seven U.S. facilities in Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina being considered.
The Pentagon plan represents a last-gasp effort by the administration to convince staunch opponents in Congress that dangerous detainees who can't be transferred safely to other countries should be housed in a U.S.-based prison.
This is surely not the solution that we were looking for from our leadership. To take people who hate us and place them in proximity to our citizens—this is simply foolish. And the thought of putting enemy combatants on trial in U.S. courts is just as asinine. Because, if we treat them as war criminals, do we not validate their cause? And are we going to put the capital punishment on the table? This is very unlikely. What about the fact that these people represent illegal combatants?
According to the rules of war that we and almost all the world adhere to, citizens who fight out of uniform are not considered legal combatants and can be executed. Then, do we even need a trial? No one will concede to such treatment in our wimpy society, but no one likes the options as they currently stand.
Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner made clear this week that he opposes any move to relocate detainees to his state.
"I will not sit idly by while the president uses political promises to imperil the people of Colorado by moving enemy combatants from Cuba, Guantanamo Bay, to my state of Colorado," he said at a Capitol Hill news conference.
And he was not alone in his outward criticism of the plan. There is also the fact that the "E" word was brought up.
Any decision to select a U.S. facility would require congressional approval — something U.S. lawmakers say is unlikely. However, Earnest also suggested that Obama has not ruled out the possibility of using an executive order to close the facility.
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