Washington Post: ‘Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Gitmo Obsession’
When it comes to political commentary, Charles Krauthammer is a god. If kids weren’t so gosh-darned cruel, I might name my next child after him. No, not “Charles.” That’s overdone. I’d go full “Krauthammer,” though “Krauthammer Schreiber” is a little too Hogan’s Heroes for today’s day and age.
All kidding aside, in this piece he runs the gamut when it comes to this administration and not only its attitude toward the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, but also its attitude toward the fight against radical Islam as well.
First, he addresses the treatment of underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a criminal:
This is nuts. Even if you wanted ultimately to try him as an ordinary criminal, he could have been detained in military custody — and thus subject to military interrogation — without prejudicing his ultimate disposition. After all, every Guantanamo detainee was first treated as an enemy combatant and presumably interrogated. But some (most notoriously Khalid Sheik Mohammed) are going to civilian trial. That determination can be made later.
Then, he responds to the argument by the White House and supporters of this president that the Bush administration treated Richard Reid–the Shoe Bomber–in the same manner as Abdulmutallab:
Richard Reid struck three months after 9/11. The current anti-terror apparatus was not in place. Remember: This was barely a month after President Bush authorized the creation of military commissions and before that system had been even set up. Moreover, the Pentagon at the time was preoccupied with the Afghan campaign that brought down the Taliban in two months. The last major Taliban city, Kandahar, fell just two weeks before Reid tried to ignite his shoe on an airplane
And, on the typical leftie assertion that the Guantanamo Bay facility is a recruiting tool for radicalized Muslims:
Imagine that Guantanamo were to disappear tomorrow, swallowed in a giant tsunami. Do you think there’d be any less recruiting for al-Qaeda in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, London?
Jihadism’s list of grievances against the West is not only self-replenishing but endlessly creative. Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa commanding universal jihad against America cited as its two top grievances our stationing of troops in Saudi Arabia and Iraqi suffering under anti-Saddam sanctions.
Today, there are virtually no U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia. And the sanctions regime against Iraq was abolished years ago. Has al-Qaeda stopped recruiting? Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s No. 2, often invokes Andalusia in his speeches. For those not steeped in the multivolume lexicon of Islamist grievances, Andalusia refers to Iberia, lost by Islam to Christendom — in 1492.
This is a fanatical religious sect dedicated to establishing the most oppressive medieval theocracy and therefore committed to unending war with America not just because it is infidel but because it represents modernity with its individual liberty, social equality (especially for women) and profound tolerance (religious, sexual, philosophical). You going to change that by evacuating Guantanamo?
Brilliant all around. But that’s why he gets paid the big bucks, and why anything he writes is automatically considered Assigned Reading here at America’s Right.