The Gitmo Boomerangs
Obama ordered a 120-day review of trials at Guantanamo Bay -- pursuant to closing prison in a year. What about all those detainees rushing to rejoin al Qaeda? (Photo by Janet Hamlin-Pool/Getty Images)
Two factors will have a major impact on whether he manages to achieve that goal.
But far more problematic is that of the "boomerangs": Evidence shows that many Gitmo detainees are taking up arms against the West, almost as quickly as they are released.
There are reports detailing the fact that two Saudi Gitmo ex-detainees
have linked up with Al Qaeda's Yemen
branch (the one responsible for the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000). This adds to a recent Pentagon report estimating that as many as 61 former Gitmo detainees have returned to the battlefield
So, what does the president do? Yes, closing the facility will please his base at home -- Guantanamo has been as come to symbolize the war on terror close to home as Abu Ghraib did in Iraq
(though the Gitmo detainees have been treated far, far better than did the prisoners at the Iraq prison). But, the fact remained, Democrats and liberals want the facility closed -- as do many US
But what happens when one of those freed detainees is found to be responsible for the death of a US serviceman -- either in Iraq or in Afghanistan (or Yemen)? How does Obama justify releasing detainees and closing the facility down?
Or, will these questions be seriously entertained during the review period? If so, is it possible that the president might determine that Gitmo is the worst of all possible solutions to the terrorist detainee problem -- except for all the others?
Robert A. George is a New York writer. He blogs at Ragged Thots and dabbles in stand-up comedy.
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