With France reeling from Friday’s attacks, it was time for decisive action. Time for leadership. Time for … you can’t be serious. This? Really?
On days like today, it’s easy to wonder whose side Obama is on.
Let’s recap. The same President who knowingly lied in a speech to the UN about the material cause of the murder of 4 Americans in Benghazi (blaming it on a YouTube video); the same President whose negotiations with Iran did NOT include the release of American political prisoners; and the same President who deftly traded away 5 Taliban leaders for a single American soldier (the illustrious Bergdahl). Well, what is he up to now?
He’s been busy. He’s got to beat a deadline, you know. (Remember, how he likes to talk about that phone and that pen?) In a few days, Obama will be signing the annual defense authorization bill.
Ho-hum, right? Sure, except when you realize that, among other things, it places a freeze on any prisoners being shipped out of Guantanamo until 2017.
So Obama shows his true colors. In a buzzer-beater move, On Sunday November 15th, he has shipped another five detainees to the UAE.
Let’s have a quick look at them, shall we?
–Al Rahizi — Bin Laden Body guard, advanced combat training, captured while fleeing Tora Bora Mountain Complex. He is rated a High threat risk to US, allies and interests.
–Al Quadasi UBL Body Guard, advanced combat training. High threat risk.
–Al Asani received some weapons training. Also considered a risk.
Links to DoD documentation for 4 of the 5 were available (here) and while the links provided do not recommend all detainees for ongoing detention within DoD purview, some of them were explicitly recommended for continued detention.
And that follows the string of other one-by-one Gitmo moves that I’m sure the local news dutifully reported on for you. No? Well, that’s odd.
If Sunday’s move in any way mirrors the Bergdahl trade, prisoners can expect a very comfortable stay at their new digs. Did we get the release of any American political prisoners in return? (I understand that Iran’s got a few we could ask for.) Of course not, because the Commander-In-Chief has his loyalties.
To whom? Well, you could make all kinds of guesses.
With all his nonsense talk about “international community”, and bowing to world leaders, I can’t help but wonder if this all hasn’t been an 8 year audition for UN Security-General — the job he really wanted.