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Monday, January 04, 2010

Obama sending reinforcements to al-Qaeda in Yemen

Given how much President Obama has already messed up, if he goes through with this, it will still have to rate among the stupidest things he's done (Hat Tip: Instapundit).
As Susan notes below, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen -- a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there.

On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration "absolutely" intends to keep sending Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen.


On the bipartisan opposition to transfers to Yemen, Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman said on ABC today that "One thing we better learn from [the Detroit terrorism incident] is it would be irresponsible to take any of the Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo and send them back to Yemen." Also on ABC, Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, chairman of the intelligence subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, said, "I think it is a bad time to send the 90 or so Yemenis back to Yemen."

Their position is shared by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who last week said, "Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time. It is too unstable." Beyond those leading Democrats, it's safe to say that most Republicans in both the House and Senate believe returning Guantanamo inmates to Yemen is a bad idea.
America's in good hands. What could go wrong?


At 6:34 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Americans are beginning to wake up to the real life implications of closing Gitmo and pleasing the rest of the world no longer looks like such a winning move. The Obama Administration, however, doesn't get it. Terrorism will be a big issue in this year's elections.


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