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US Suspending Gitmo Transfers to Yemen

It seems the Obama administration is beginning to see that transferring Yemini Gitmo detainees back to Yemin is indefensible if it is going to take defending this nation seriously:

The U.S. will not transfer any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Yemen right now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

Ninety detainees in Gitmo are from Yemen, which is combating a resurgent Al Qaeda.

Alleged Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is also said to have gotten training in Yemen before carrying explosives on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. His attempt to detonate the bomb was foiled when his device malfunctioned and he was tackled by a passenger.

"One of the very first things Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula used as a tool was Gitmo," Gibbs said. "We're not going to make transfers to a country like Yemen that they're not capable of handling (the detainees). While we remain committed to closing the detention facility, the determination has been made that right now any additional transfers to Yemen is not a good idea."

The White House is still using the failed argument that Gitmo encourages terrorism against this country, as if it was all cookies and milk before we started using it. 9/11 happened before we opened Gitmo. So did the attacks on the USS Cole in 2000, the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and the World Trade Center in 1993. Al Qaeda and its like minded jihadis have been at war with us years before we started using Guantanamo Bay to house terrorists.


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Comments (12)

wait ... doesn't putting d... (Below threshold)

wait ... doesn't putting drug gang members in jail allow the drug gangs to use that fact as a recruitment tool ?

Isn't that the same logic ?

Taken to its absurd end we would be required to allow militant Islamists to destroy the west and take over the world so as not to allow them any excuse to recruit new terrorists.

They are CRAZY ... who cares how they recruit their terrorists since we have no control over their recruitment marketing strategy ... we can't control that side of the scale ... what we can do is create negative consequences for young men thinking about joining by killing every one (terrorists that is) we find in our sights and in range. We should always focus more on what we can do not on what they might do ...

Find 'em, Kill 'em, rinse, repeat ...

When every Middle Eaastern parent puts their child to sleep with the reminder that they need to behave or the "Americans will come for them in the night" then we won't have to worry about their recruiting posters ...

Too late!... (Below threshold)

Too late!

What about the others who w... (Below threshold)

What about the others who were released and come back to fight Americans troops.

How is this we do not release anyone. Everyone keeps the three piece suit, get sit in the lazy boy and enjoy the tropics still the base cause a cessation to hostelries on the war they declared on the USA.

Wow. Just wow. Just the o... (Below threshold)

Wow. Just wow. Just the other day they were hell bent on sending them back anyway.

I would say that this administration is a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, but even the left hand doesn't know what it's doing.

So it took Barry 12 months ... (Below threshold)

So it took Barry 12 months to make the right decision on something? Can hardly wait to see how long it takes to decide something really really important.

NOTE TO TROOPS: Make Barry's life simple. Real simple. So that even he can function. TAKE NO PRISONERS!

What a coward!It s... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What a coward!

It seems to me that this is the essential test for Obama's and the left's assertion that Gitmo is creating terrorists. If it really does create more, why would you not want to free a large number of terrorists and send them right back into the heart of al Qaida? What could be more helpful than to make a grand gesture of freeing these dirtbags? If Gitmo drives their recruiting wouldn't a dramatic release of prisoners seriously damage their recruiting?

But then, perhaps Barry and the left really don't believe the crap they've been pushing. Maybe Barry was never serious about his position on Gitmo. Maybe it's all just posturing.

And we knew that was the case all along. Thanks for proving us right Barry.

Oyster, it is all about the... (Below threshold)

Oyster, it is all about the polls. They, as did Clinton, tested the waters for a few days to see how they should proceed. Terrible lack of leadership. And the left made fun of Palin's lack of experience? ww

So let me see if I understa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

So let me see if I understand this:

The only thing more dangerous than al Qaida recruiting more terrorists is the bunch of detainees we have down at Gitmo. But the guys we have down at Gitmo aren't terrorists because we were going to release them back into Yemen. So Barry wants to keep these non-terrorists at Gitmo, which according to him will lead to the creation of more real terrorists, and that is better than letting the non-terrorists go and hindering al Qaida's ability to recruit.

If we were willing to let these guys go then certainly they could not have been terrorists and they couldn't be a threat right?

From which I can only gather that he is on their side, because he wants to help them to recruit more terrorists to kill more Americans. Because if we take him at his word what he is doing is helping them recruit and he is doing so despite his recent plans to do otherwise. Also, he has been letting these Gitmo prisoners go and according to his most recent actions they are something more than just innocent civilians because all of a sudden they are a dire security threat if we let them go. From which I can only conclude that Obama's just a liar and a dirtbag and doesn't know what he's doing.

"The U.S. will not transfer... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"The U.S. will not transfer any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Yemen right now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. "

'right now'.

Right now, they will not. Before, they did. Later, they may. Barry needs more time to dither.

You look real decisive and resolute there, Barry.

I think this one still need... (Below threshold)

I think this one still needs a little work.

Lets see, we've got:

Barn Door


Anyone in the White House got a better idea yet?

Cue Dick Cheney:Mw... (Below threshold)

Cue Dick Cheney:

Mwah ha ha!

Anyone keeping score?... (Below threshold)

Anyone keeping score?

If not surpassed already, obama is fast aspproaching John "Why the Long Face" Kerry's record of flip flops.






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