Saturday, January 24, 2009

Oh My God!

We all know I don't have as much political savvy as some, but when I heard about our new President closing Guantanamo so quickly after sworn in, I have to admit, it worried me. How could he have made such a fast decision, if not just to appease those who detest the suspected mistreatment of the terrorist-type personalities housed there? Do we really care how they're treated? The guy who participated in 9/11 really didn't care about the thousands of people massacred that day. I say let him have his wish to serve Allah by sacrificing his own life, and in the most horrific way.

Now, transcripts of Obama's press conference regarding his snap decision are available for all to view, and they reflect reasons why I should worry. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you... could be a headline for where one of these unsavory characters could turn up. Clearly, their own countries don't want them back, so shouldn't someone plan what to do with them before turning them loose on US soil?

Now I wonder should I have listened to those who argued he had no experience for the position. In the military, one has to elevate through the ranks, yet, Obama, never having served at all, is our Commander and Chief. Clearly, this is an important decision and something that should have been researched a little more before putting pen to paper and flexing a muscle. When he took office, I put my faith and trust in him along with the majority of Americans. I hope it wasn't misplaced.

Transcript 1


BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States: By the authority vested in me as president -- as president by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo and promptly to close the detention facility at Guantanamo, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice, I hereby order.
And we then provide the process whereby Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now.
Transcript 2

OBAMA (chiseling in marble sound effect): In order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo, uh, and promptly to close the detention facility at Guantanamo consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and interests of justice, I hereby order. And we then we will then, uh, provide the process whereby Guantanamo will be closed no later than, uh, one year from now. We will be... Uhhh.... Ummm.... Is there a separate executive order, Greg, with respect to how we're going to dispose of the detainees? Is that it, eh, uh, what we're doing?
CRAIG: We'll set up a process!
OBAMA: We will be, uh, setting up a process whereby this is going to be taking place.
There's more!
OBAMA: What we're doing here is to set up a special interagency task force on detainee disposition. They are going to provide me with information in terms of how we are able to deal in the disposition of some of the detainees that may be currently in Guantanamo that we cannot transfer to other countries, who could pose a serious danger to the United States, uh, but, uh, we cannot try because of various problems related to evidence, uh, in a Article 3 court. So this task force is going to provide us with, uh, a series of recommendations on, uh, that. Is that correct, Greg?
CRAIG: That's right. And detainee policy going forward.
OBAMA: And detainee policy going forward so that we don't find ourselves in these kinds of situations, uh, in the future.
CRAIG: And there is clear guidance for the military as well.
OBAMA: And that we are providing clear guidance to our military in terms of having to do with it.

I don't advocate Rush Limbaugh, but I have to say I agree with him on so many levels here Rush Limbaugh

4 comments:

LK Hunsaker said...

Ginger, I very much agree. This is very frightening. Let's hope reason prevails in here somewhere from someone high enough up to keep them off our soil.

Joyce Anthony said...

Ginger--in Obama's defense, this was not a "snap decision". He discussed his plans to do so during the first debate. His reasoning at that time struck me as making sense.

Ginger Simpson said...

Joyce,
I think you missed my point. I wasn't questioning his decision-making ability as much as I was appalled at his clumsy attempt to present it to the press. It made him appear as though he had given the matter ten minutes of thought before presenting it. And, if you watch Fox news, you'll see the continuing debate that shows the same concerns I voiced. Where are these people going? They aren't citizens, they aren't entitled to the same treatment or laws mandated by our constitution. As my sister pointed out, and something I hadn't thought of, this decision, with lack of forethought on the placement of these prisoners, will open the door on major lawsuits that are going to tie up our courts for years...at our expense, again. You know there are tons of hungry lawyers just waiting. With the cost of gasoline, there haven't been that many ambulances to chase.

Elena Dorothy Bowman said...

I believe it's far more ominous than that. To even suggest that our Constitution gives these terrorists the same rights that American Citizens have is incredulous. What's he going to do...let them run free on our streets? One has to wonder...is Obama calling the shots or is Craig calling the shots? It sure sounds like all Obama wants is the title of President nothing more. He wants no responsibility just accolades. If his executive orders are any indication of what goes on in his mind, we are in for a very, very rough ride...one that will be detrimental to the safety and security of our nation.

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