Despite shortage at home, Pentagon intends to offer H1N1 vaccine to Gitmo detainees
When our brave soldiers capture, on the battlefield, a radical Islamic terrorist in the act of killing or attempting to kill Americans, thanks to Barack Obama’s administration they are required to inform them through reading Miranda rights of their privilege against self-incrimination as preserved by the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. But the second they’re subject to additional scrutiny in how they defended their lives during a firefight, our soldiers’ right to due process is thrown out the window and, instead they’re decried as murders and rapists and terrorists themselves by the likes of Rep. Jack Murtha and Sen. John Kerry.
Should our fighting men and women be unfortunate enough to be captured in the streets of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan, they are murdered, their bodies burned and mutilated, their corpses dragged through marketplaces and hung from bridges. On our side, however, no jail cell is nice enough for the terrorists we capture. They are offered hot, religiously-sensitive meals, time for prayer, soccer balls, and thanks to this administration a chance at enjoying constitutional rights reserved for the very American citizens they dream about slaying.
And now, as schoolchildren are waiting and patients coast to coast are turned away due to a critical shortage in H1N1 vaccines, we learn this weekend that the Pentagon has decided to offer the vaccines to inmates at the detainee facility Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Detainees held at facilities like those at Gitmo, say Pentagon officials, are at high risk when it comes to the pandemic. Never mind that everyone who comes and goes from the facility are logged in officially. Never mind that our nation’s schools are veritable incubators for viruses big and small, nasty and benign. And never mind that Americans are the ones lacking the vaccine, while people who kill and want to kill Americans are on the short list.
I personally like what Rep. Mike Pence had to say on the matter, admitting on Friday that while we shouldn’t rule out offering the vaccine to inmates at Gitmo, because of the “acute shortages” facing actual American citizens, the proposal by the Pentagon should be suspended “until such a time that sufficient vaccinations are made available to the American public.”
But I think it goes even deeper than the common sense approach advocated by Rep. Pence. This goes to the heart of this administration’s–and, really, the left’s–complete inability to discern good from evil. In the eyes of people like Barack Obama, the American people and American allies are playing second-fiddle to every terrorist organization or dictatorial regime in search of legitimization. Barack Obama, in his Cairo speech, acknowledged the tragedy of the Holocaust but in accordance with his penchant for moral equivalence rationalized that, on the other hand, the Palestinians wandering the desert for six decades was just as tragic. He sided with former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who attempted to usurp that nation’s constitution and extend his term as the Honduran leader. He shipped $900 million in aid directly to the Gaza Strip and Hamas leadership. Heck, the White House even refused to appear on Fox News Channel, but has shown no such trepidations about sitting down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong-Il, or sharing a smile and a handshake with Hugo Chavez.
Maybe I’m wrong or just closed-minded, but I want a president and an administration which errs on the side of security rather than political correctness, of a hard line rather than detente-at-all-costs, of freedom rather than totalitarianism. And, while I may believe that the hype surrounding the H1N1 virus is overblown and politically convenient, I want an administration that errs on the side of protecting Americans rather than those who wish to do us harm.