Wednesday, February 24, 2016

President Obama delivers plan to close Guantanamo Bay. As expected the Republicans freak out.

Courtesy of CNN: 

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility after delivering his plan to Congress to achieve a goal that has long eluded his presidency. 

The blueprint comes seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants, but it already faces objections from Republicans and legal obstacles they have placed to transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons. 

Obama nonetheless said emptying the prison would move the country past what he described as a troubled era of wartime behavior. 

"The plan we're putting forward today isn't just about closing the facility at Guantanamo. It's not just about dealing with the current group of detainees, which is a complex piece of business because of the manner in which they were originally apprehended and what happened. This is about closing a chapter in our history," he said during short remarks at the White House. 

"Keeping this facility open is contrary to our values," Obama said. "It undermines our standing in the world. It is viewed as a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest standards of rule of law."

Of course this news was not exactly welcomed by the Republicans.

This courtesy of Esquire: 

The president has never wavered in his desire to close down the prison, but it is pure Green Lanternism to imagine that he could have done it alone. The Republicans in Congress, adorning the politics of fear with a glistening coat of chickenshit, passed a law that forbade the use of taxpayer money to fund the transfer of Gitmo detainees to the United States, where they might use their Muslim heat vision to melt the walls of a SuperMax somewhere in the heartland. Right on schedule Tuesday, this line of argument found voice in the Richelieu of Rumford. 

Even before the report was submitted to Congress, lawmakers were lining up to voice their objections. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) accused the Obama administration of not properly describing the risks associated with the remaining detainees at the prison. "The American people have a right to expect that the administration will be transparent and honest with them about the activities and associations of the terrorists who remain at Guantanamo," Ayotte said in a statement Monday. "The administration's refusal to do so only underscores the fact that closing Guantanamo will make Americans less safe."

Yeah, you know what kept us "less safe?" 

Starting two unnecessary wars, bombing the crap out of civilians, and then caging often innocent people like animals for as much ten years without benefit of a trial.

Gitmo is the perfect propaganda tool and keeping in open puts American lives at risk every single day.

Just another reminder as to why it so important that Democrats hold onto the Presidency.


  1. Anonymous4:08 AM

    President Obama is such a handsome, gorgeous. I am so sad he will not be our president after January 20, 2017.

    1. Bianca5:32 AM

      While he is a handsome man, it's what is in his brain and heart that have made him such a great President. I will be sad to see him go,also, too.

    2. Anonymous5:55 AM

      @Bianca 5:32 AM

      'While he is a handsome man, it's what is in his brain and heart that have made him such a great President. I will be sad to see him go,also, too.'
      Yep, he also is an intelligent, bright, good man, with a good heart. I had that in mind when I posted my 4:08 comment.

  2. Anonymous5:08 AM

    Is it the GOP's fault that the country accidentally elected a black man president?


    The second time by a 3 million vote majority.

    Never mind that. The will of the (old, white, conservative) people must be obeyed! THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN! REMEMBER THE ALAMO! LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS!! LUCKY STRIKES MEANS FINE TOBACCO!!!


    (sounds like a broken washing machine, don't it?)

    1. Anonymous5:21 AM

      After my own heart, 5:08 AM!

    2. Anonymous6:04 AM

      @Anonymous 5:08 AM
      Is it the GOP's fault that the country accidentally elected a black man president?
      The second time by a 3 million vote majority.'
      He would have won by an even larger margin, but Hurricane Andrew hit the east coast at that time, and was so devastating that it dislocated a lot of people, the voting system in many voting districts were messed up, and many people in that part of the country were not able to cast their ballots, especially blue states like New York. Andrew dislocated so many people, many found their homes destroyed, so their time and minds were concentrated on that, and they did not vote.

    3. Anonymous11:37 AM

      Perhaps you mean Hurricane Sandy as Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida in August 1992

  3. You would think, with less than a year to go, they'd calm down and be saying, "He's as good as outta here." Instead, everything he says and does is automatically worse than the last. Obama could belch and Republicans would insist it's a coded, Muslim message.

  4. Anonymous8:12 AM


  5. Anita Winecooler4:37 PM

    I love our POTUS, he already said he'd use the pen, and they're still yammering and obstructing. The visual, alone, would work wonders with our standing in the world, and we have super max prisons more than capable of holding these "enemy combatants". The governor of Colorado, a republican, was on tv today losing his mind. We're not giving them the rights of American Citizenship, we're going to review each person's circumstances and other countries are willing to take some.
    This is being used as a huge recruitment tool for Isis and other Radical Muslim Groups.

    Now, ask yourself if the enemy combatants were, oh I don't know, christian fundamentalists. Youdamnbetcha the GOP would side with Obama, still ligting their torches and carrying their pitchforks, because, you know, america is a christian country and it's torture.


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