On NBC’s Today Show, Defense Secretary Robert Gates tipped the proverbial hand of the Obama administration when it comes to priorities with regard to the Global War on Terror, political correctness, and matters of national security. While his statement was not so much a revelation as a confirmation, it was nonetheless distressing.
In speaking about the terrorist detainee facility at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and defending the president’s decision to hold steadfast in advocating its closure, Gates confirmed that indeed this administration places reputation higher on the priority list than national security.
“The truth is, it’s probably one of the finest prisons in the world today,” Gates said. “But, it has a taint. The name itself is a condemnation.”
That Gates at all felt the need to mention that, despite being an excellent facility for the purpose it now serves, Gitmo should be shuttered because of a “taint” means that this administration is permitting the perceived outward perception of the United States and our foreign policy to dictate national security policy.
That’s not only inappropriate – that’s downright dangerous.
Perhaps, if Guantanamo Bay has such a taint but otherwise fulfills its purpose, this administration can merely rename it, much like it changed “Global War on Terror” to “Overseas Contingency Operation” or even “terrorism” itself to “man-caused disaster.” I propose, in that vein, that the new name for the terrorist detainee facility in Guantanamo Bay be: “The Happy Land of the Bearded, Questionable Slappywags.”
Obviously, “happy” has its own lovely, benign connotation, and “bearded” is just an observation about the current inhabitants of the wonderful place. The addition of “questionable” is necessary, of course, to accommodate those of us on the political right that want to ensure that some modicum of distinguishing between good and evil be maintained, just like Obama’s folks thought to include “contingency” in “Overseas Contingency Operation,” instead of going with the original idea of re-labeling the Global War on Terror the “Overseas Capitulation Operation.” And “slappywags?” Well, since nobody knows what a “slappywag” is, such a label could provide valuable flexibility when dealing with the current inhabitants of the Happy Land of the Bearded, Questionable Slappywags–as in: “Of course, slappywags have always been provided with the same constitutional rights as all Americans” or “slappywags have never been considered under the purview of the Geneva Conventions”–and would provide for a whole new stable of human rights organizations, such as the NAABS (the National Association for the Advancement of Bearded Slappywags) or NALBSL (the National Association for Liberal-Bearded Slappywag Love).
If you haven’t figured out that I’m being hopelessly ridiculous, then perhaps you need to read it again. I have a point, however — this entire idea of renaming facilities and programs and ideas and concepts is pointless. This administration either values the outward perception of its policies more than the safety and security of the American people or it does not. It either proceeds to fight radical Islamic jihad, or it does not. Right now, on both accounts, it seems like the latter.
Closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay has no conceivable, rational, logical upside. This facility was built solely for the purpose for which it is now used, albeit begrudgingly, by this administration. And while Gates may have argued that the facility will serve “as an advertisement for Al Qaeda as long as its open,” such an argument ignores the fact that radical Islamic jihad stems not from the actions of the United States of America, but from the freedoms and the values and the faiths the United States of America enjoys and embraces. To argue that, somehow, it was the establishment of the facility at Guantanamo Bay that brought upon the manifestation of thousands of years of radical Islamic aggression is tantamount to saying that childhood obesity caused Kraft Macaroni & Cheese to be tasty, cheap, and easy to make, and not the other way around.
Every day that this administration continues in its perverted prosecution of the Global War on Terror makes the United States of America less safe. Putting political correctness and global acceptance before the safety and security of America and the American people must stop, before innocent people get killed in a man-caused disaster.
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