While scandals swirl around Washington, the Anointed One has circled back to one of his first campaign promises that has yet to be fulfilled: Guantanamo Bay. Today Barack Obama will re-start his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay by transferring detainees from the facility. Part of this will include lifting the administration's prohibition on sending detainees to Yemen.
Obama will also address the use of drone strikes and the role they play in the War on Terror, or whatever politically correct term he is using nowadays to describe it. Ahead of today's speech, the Department of Justice released a bombshell letter where the administration admitted – for the first time! – that unmanned drones had been used to kill four Americans overseas. While only one person was deliberately targeted by drones – Anwar al-Awlaki – the US confirmed that three other people had been killed on accident as a result of drones. This means that the Obama administration has now knowingly targeted and killed more Americans than al Qaeda terrorists targeted by the Bush administration using enhanced interrogation techniques. Just something to think about.
In an ironic headline from the AP, they label Obama's shift on drone strikes as: Obama to push for transparency in face of threats. Obama is the one pushing for transparency? Up until yesterday we didn't even know directly from the administration how many Americans had been killed by drones. I suppose that we can at least acknowledge a shift in the policy from the CIA to the military, but one has to seriously question whenever this administration claims to be transparent on anything nowadays.
The closing of Guantanamo Bay is still troubling to many who are concerned about the likelihood that those who are released will return to terrorism. Michelle Malkin has some important facts related to the Obama administration and Gitmo. For example: Obama’s pals at the Center for Constitutional Rights lobbied aggressively for the release of Gitmo recidivist Abu Sufian bin Qumu, a lead suspect in the Benghazi jihad attack who remains at large.
How do Americans feel about Guantanamo? A new Fox News poll finds 63% of voters want to keep it open. Nearly half of Americans feel it has made us more safe, which is double the amount of people who believe Gitmo makes us less safe. Among our brave men and women who have served in the military, 69% want to keep Gitmo open and 58% think it has made the United States safer.