This has nothing to do with America’s national security, it’s all about Obama. Closing Gitmo was one of his campaign promises to his base, so he feels like he has to deliver. There’s also a certain element of this which has do with tying Trump’s hands before he even takes office.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Midnight Push to Empty Out Guantanamo
With less than a month remaining in office, President Obama is racing to free 19 more detainees from the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay. If history is any guide, this means that dangerous jihadists will be released to countries ill-equipped to handle them.
While many wondered whether Mr. Obama would fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to close Gitmo by breaking a bipartisan law barring him from bringing detainees to the U.S., the House Foreign Affairs Committee has remained focused on the president’s push to empty out the prison through reckless transfers to other countries.
We began our investigation two years ago, after the White House released six hardened terrorists to Uruguay. The administration had repeatedly promised Congress that it transfers detainees to foreign countries only after securing specific assurances about how those countries will reduce threats. Meanwhile, the administration wrote Uruguay’s president that none of the detainees had ever been involved in facilitating or conducting terrorism. Both Congress and the Uruguayan government were misled…
The case in Uruguay was not isolated. The White House has repeatedly released detainees to countries it knew lacked the intent and capability to keep the detainees from returning to terrorism.
How is this in America’s best interests? The short answer is that it isn’t.
This is, once again, all about Obama.
Our media, which agrees with him about Gitmo, will not ask him the tough questions about this. Obama will be congratulated for improving America’s image in the world and keeping his promise.
January 20th can’t arrive soon enough.
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