I’ve pointed out Obama’s intention to close GITMO and to GIVE it to the Castro brothers at least a year ago. I’ve stated it on this site on many occasions since. The reason he didn’t do it earlier in his administration is because he knew he would catch holy hell from not only the Republicans, but from many members of his own party and most Americans. He’s in his final year and it is clear the gloves, such as they were, are now off on any number of fronts.
This country needs GITMO - a location to detain and interrogate enemy combatants. Releasing them ensures many of them will join in further attacks on Americans and our allies. Placing these people in our prisons would only serve to INFECT our incarcerated thugs with the teachings of Sharia and other teachings of terrorists. Talk about a recruiting tool - I can’t think of a better one for the jihadists.
Unfortunately, even before his election in Nov. of 2008, Obama voiced his belief that GITMO had been a source of terrorist recruitment. He believes that the existence of GITMO is why terrorists find it easy to recruit more misfits into their ranks. I think it is for this reason he will move to ensure we can never use GITMO again. The only way he can do so is to hand the Keys to Castro. Obama has already “softened” this nations view on Cuba and the Castro brothers and in Obama’s thinking, the legitimization of Castro’s Cuba paves the way for the transfer of GITMO.
Obama ignores many facts to arrive at this conclusion - among them: GITMO did not exist on 9/11/01 and we were repeated hit even before 9/11; remember WTC 1 and the Cole? Second, the successes experienced by terrorist groups with their attacks all over the world, the West’s lack of purposeful response resulting in the West’s projected weakness, have proven to be a prime recruitment tool - IMHO.
Summation: We twice elected precisely the wrong man at precisely the wrong time in our history.