Okay, so let me get this straight. On the same day that the Obama administration announces that it has released back to Afghanistan, from the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, a terrorist who injured two American soldiers in a 2002 grenade attack, Attorney General Eric Holder–whose law firm represents several detainees–announces that he will in fact appoint an official to prosecute nearly a dozen cases regarding conduct of CIA interrogators during interrogations of terrorists?
Just whose side are we on, anyway?
Release Mohammad Jawad because, gosh, he only injured those two Americans, and investigate and prosecute American intelligence officials who are doing their job and trying to prevent Americans from injury. That sounds perfectly rational — if you’re a Taliban tribal chief.
I understand that the administration is desperately trying to distract from the sinking ship that is their health care agenda, but you’d think they’d do so with something that didn’t look as though the president and his administration were siding with terrorists instead of Americans.
Is this really the White House with which we’d like to entrust a brand new, high-value detainee interrogation unit like the one announced today by administration officials? I don’t know about you, but as an American who enjoys breathing, I’d rather the terrorists be handled and overseen by officials who actually have American national security at heart. No wonder CIA Director Leon Panetta has threatened resignation — not only are his people being squeezed out by officials who clearly give the benefit of the doubt to people who want to kill Americans rather than to those who wish to protect them, but they are being investigated and possibly prosecuted for simply doing their job as well.
Time and time again, Barack Obama and his administration come down on the side of those who wish ultimate harm upon America and Americans. Just like his previous decision to order detainees Mirandized, the decision to investigate CIA officials with regard to intelligence gathering techniques will without question cost American lives, both here at home because all effective interrogation of high-value detainees will undoubtedly be off the table for his new interrogation unit, as well as on the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, as murderous jihadists captured in the act of killing or attempting to kill American soldiers have no reason whatsoever to even apprise our troops of anything they know, from the position of other terrorists to the location of road-side bombs. They know they won’t be tortured, after all. They know they won’t be waterboarded. They know they won’t even be slapped in the face or merely annoyed with loud music. Heck, as soon as Mohammed Jawad gets home, they’ll know that they likely will not even be held for long. Capture, to your average Jihadist, will mean a hot meal and a shower. That’s it.
Barack Obama’s conduct and decisionmaking with regard to the ongoing war against radical Islam has been worse than reckless. Through his detente-at-all-costs, social justice-driven approach to foreign policy, he has abandoned allies and emboldened enemies. Through the threats made and games played with our intelligence community by his administration and by his Democrats, he has given those on the front lines of this war no reason at all to put their neck on the line to gather information which could prevent attacks on America, on American people, or American interests.
And, of course, when the United States of America is attacked again, this president will undoubtedly do his best to transfer blame onto his predecessor as he has done with everything else, from the economy to energy costs. In that speech so many months ago at the National Archives, where he literally stood between the American people and the Constitution, Obama carefully laid the groundwork for eventually associating the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay facility as the root cause of radical Islamic rage across the globe, when in reality the facility was established after the 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, after the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Unfortunately, as this latest news was undoubtedly released in order to distract Americans from the health care debate, it has become abundantly clear that to Barack Obama and the Democrats, national security and the safety of our troops is little more than a political game. How else do you explain the knee-jerk decision to shutter Gitmo? How else do you explain the back-and-forth over the release of new detainee photos? How else do you explain the destruction of morale in the intelligence community, Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculous accusations, sans evidence, that the CIA had been systematically lying to her and Congress for years? How else to you explain the sudden reemergence of the Armenian Genocide issue, brought up by Nancy Pelosi in 2007 at the height of the Iraq war? In short, with every single move he makes, Barack Obama and his entire administration and party are playing political games with American lives both at home and abroad, and each and every one of them must be held accountable for each and every action taken to erode national security and give every possible advantage to those who wish to do us ultimate harm.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — because of the weakness shown by this administration in dealing with detainees, and because of the way it has demoralized our intelligence community, when we are attacked here on American soil again, the blood will be on their hands.
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