UPDATE: More Gitmo Detainees Returning to the Battlefield Than Ever...
Not much of the Obama foreign policy make sense (see Obama’s Deal: Iran Now Mocking Crying American Soldiers on TV… and Before SOTU, Obama Says ‘America Doesn’t Face any Existential Threats’…), but what's most befuddling is his obsession with shutting down Gitmo. Apparently, if we do this, the world will love us.
Or, the people we release will return to the battlefield and try to kill us again...
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said that seven of the 144 detainees who have been freed since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 have been confirmed to have returned to fighting as of Jan. 15. The ODNI's previous report, from this past July, said six detainees had gone back to battle.
The number of suspected recidivist detainees was double the number in this past July's report. The increase is likely to spark new protests by Republicans opposed to President Obama's plan to shut down the facility and transfer dozens of detainees to prisons in the U.S.
Under Obama's plan, roughly 35 of the 91 current prisoners will be transferred to other countries in the coming months, leaving up to 60 detainees who are either facing trial by military commission or have been determined to be too dangerous to release but are not facing charges. Those detainees would be relocated to a U.S. facility.
To those even remotely educated, this comes as precisely zero parts surprising. True story, I actually visited Gitmo.
Yes, you watched correctly. Even back then, in 2009, a huge portion of detainees released were marching right back into the battlefield. Also, more detainees were released than held. That's another little tidbit the media doesn't like to talk about. Over five hundred detainees were released or transferred, with only a couple hundred remaining in 2009. So what does that tell you about the people still in Guantanamo Bay? That maybe, just maybe, they're the worst of the worst. Maybe there's a legitimate reason for holding them there? These remaining detainees are the cream of the blow-crap-up crop. Some artists work with oil-painting, some with string instruments. These bastards work with bomb-vests and machetes. Also, they don't use toilet paper. True story.
Shutting down Gitmo. What could possibly go wrong here?