This is why I so appreciate the two-term presidency of Barack Obama. Today he repeated his call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. It was not the first time he made the case or offered ideas on how to achieve it. To underscore his resolve Obama delivered to Congress a plan to do what is in the best interest of our values, international affairs, and law.
Obama has always grasped the reasons Gitmo is so dreadfully wrong and why there needs to a 180 degree course correction. The fact that small-minded partisan politics has played a key role as to why this facility remains open should alarm all.
Today’s blueprint comes seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants. Just days after the election I continued my call to close Gitmo. That we are now in 2016 and still grappling with this matter underscores the problems congress has made for this nation.
I think it essential that Guantanamo Bay be closed. This was one of the most dreadful examples of presidential over-reach by George Bush, and ranks among the worst in modern history. Guantanamo Bay cast a black eye on America that was seen and understood by all around the world……As many have noted this place is a gift that keeps on giving to those who wish to use it as recruiting tool among radical elements in the Middle East. It has done us no good, and only brought shame.
It has been noted that the Obama team is already looking to move most, if not all, of the prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay. If the people at the base are not charged with something they should be released. It they are charged, then let the U.S. court system handle the matter. There might be a few who are in fact ‘high-level’ detainees, and some conservatives argue they need to be dealt with through the special court designed by the Bush Administration for this propose. I am highly dubious of this specially crafted court, and the mission it holds. I want to see more accountability and openness with this military tribunal process. And I think the world expects the same.
Republicans will once again place partisanship above the best needs of the nation. We can almost pen the objections from Republicans, after all, we have heard it all before. What those conservatives fail to understand, however, is that by closing Gitmo we could move past the most troubling era with our wartime behavior which resulted in this nation being painted in a most ugly color.
Guantanamo continues to be a source of world-wide disgust that proves to be a recruitment tool for those who use terrorism as a weapon. Now it is time , once again, to see if GOP politics as usual can cease long enough to do what is in the best interest of the country.