House Armed Services Committee Republicans: Obama Administration Should Immediately Stop Transferring Terrorist Detainees to Yemen
Here’s the official statement from California Republican Congressman Buck McKeon:
As our nation witnessed on Christmas Day, we continue to face a dedicated enemy committed to killing our citizens and destroying our country. This threat does not exist in any one nation or have a single face—it is global, multi-faceted and constantly evolving. It seeks out ungoverned spots around the globe from which to operate; places like those found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
While Yemen is an ally to the United States and our efforts to strengthen and professionalize the Yemeni military should continue, it is clear that we can no longer have confidence that the Yemeni government has the capacity to assist the United States in providing the high level of security our citizens’ require and deserve.
In that light, the Administration should cease all detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Yemen and conduct a comprehensive review of its policies and procedures for releasing or transferring a terrorist detainee from Guantanamo to another country.
The remaining detainee population in Guantanamo consists of the most hardened, irreconcilable combatants. Recidivism rates of terrorists previously detained at Guantanamo is on the rise; and placing our trust and security in the hands of countries such as Yemen that are already under siege by al-Qaeda only invites more risk to our safety.
Quite honestly, this should all go without saying, but common sense doesn’t seem to be the Obama administration’s strong suit. Also, this shouldn’t be perceived as a slight only against this particular president and his administration — after all, former President George W. Bush released hundreds of detainees from Guantanamo Bay; some went to “art rehab” in Saudi Arabia (guess how that went?), others went back to Yemen, and many went back to Afghanistan only to once again take up arms against Americans.
There’s only one way to prevail in our war against radical Islam, and that is to recognize the difference between good and evil, and use that distinction as a starting point when dealing with these detainees. While George W. Bush was by no means perfect, he seemed a little more capable of making that distinction than Barack Obama and his detente-at-all-costs, get-them-to-like-us-and-they-won’t-want-our-severed-heads-anymore approach to foreign policy.
That being said, strong words like these from House Republicans is a good start, and it’s always good to get on the record with common sense arguments.