Vice President Biden said Thursday it is his “hope and expectation” that the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison facility in Cuba will close before President Obama leaves office.
Biden spoke during a press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm.
President Obama appears to be relentlessly determined, no matter the cost to national security, to follow through on his “promise” to close Gitmo. This is pettiness in the extreme, the determination of one egocentric man to not have his will denied.
Obama already has set loose from Gitmo, or sent to countries where they will be less securely held, many dangerous bad guys. Some have rejoined the battlefield and are fighting alongside other Islamist militants overseas. Others may be coming soon to a shopping mall, movie complex, megachurch, or skyscraper near you.
UPDATE: At least one person is dead and 18 wounded in the attack, which was carried out by one or two gunmen. Hundreds of students and teachers were reported to have been trapped on the campus during the siege.
Well, at one lawmaker decided to confront the Democratic 1960s nostalgia ride.
Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, tried to remind the Democrats staging Occupy House FLoor what the real issue was, saying “Radical Islam killed these poor people.” It’s not a gun issue. The free speech advocates sitting on the House floor shouted him down.
Of course, they are being celebrated. Note in the video below how the CBS broadcaster calls it “an historic day.” I wonder, then, why wasn’t it “historic” when Ted Cruz shut down the government over a principle?
No! That was obstructionism!
I have an idea. Shut out the lights, turn off the air conditioning, and if that fails, call in the Seargent at Arms and the Capitol Police and haul their asses out of there.
Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former George W. Bush administration official, has an interesting idea about how to combat ISIS recruiting among U.S.-born Muslims: Start making the Schools teach that the United States is actually a good country. Give them an alternative.
Have any of you looked at the lessons your kids or grandkids are being taught by the public schools? Sure, America isn’t perfect, but the imperfect has now become the focus, rather than the ample amount of our history that is glorious.
Michelle Kosinski of CNN Tuesday illuminated a piece of the effort by President Obama and the White House to create straw men and distract from Obama’s failure to stem ISIS terrorism.
Not saying this was necessarily her intent. But it was the result of her sharp questioning.
In this case, she asks White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about why Obama, in his remarks earlier Tuesday after a meeting with his national security team, felt he needed to focus on Republican criticism that he won’t use the term “Islamist extremism.”
The president, of course, would rather attack his GOP opponents than outline any new solutions for the growing threat from, yes, Islamist extremists.
Kosinski wanted to know:
Was that really necessary, though, to make this speech political? What did the President think it was adding to make something that is about fighting the kind of act that we just saw [instead] about fighting Republican rhetoric? What did he think that was going to add?
What it adds is a distraction. By attacking Republicans instead of trying to unite the country and tell us what he’s going to do about this problem that has developed under his watch, Obama passes the buck. He can’t pass the buck to George W. Bush as much, because all that was almost eight years ago now. But he can at least pass it to congressional Republicans.
And it lets this most peevish of presidents vent his considerable personal pique.
In a portion of their exchange, actually just before the above question, Earnest says:
And for people who say that the only reason we haven’t defeated ISIL is the President hasn’t used the magic words that they have chosen, that’s cynical politics there, and it doesn’t do anything to protect the country. And, in fact, as was on display tragically on Saturday night, it potentially makes the nation more vulnerable.
Now, who exactly, says “the only reason we haven’t defeated ISIL” is that the president doesn’t call it Islamist extremism? Nobody. Talk about straw men. And what does Earnest mean by “it potentially makes the nation more vulnerable”? Is he blaming Republicans for the Orlando attack? Who is more to blame than the person supposedly in charge of fighting terrorism?
President Obama today delivered and emotional rebuttal to Donald Trump, castigating the presumptive Republican nominee for his proposals to ban Muslim immigration and for his call on Muslims to do more to expose terrorists within their communities.
Obama spoke at the Treasury Department following a meeting with his national security team:
We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America. We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests that entire religious communities are complicit in violence. Where does this stop? The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer — they were all U.S. citizens.
Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith? We’ve heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals. It won’t make us more safe; it will make us less safe — fueling ISIL’s notion that the West hates Muslims, making young Muslims in this country and around the world feel like no matter what they do, they’re going to be under suspicion and under attack. It makes Muslim Americans feel like their government is betraying them. It betrays the very values America stands for.
Obama also dismissed criticism that he doesn’t call the terrorists committing attack again the United States and others in the West by their proper name, radical Islamists:
Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.
There has not been a moment in my seven and a half years as President where we have not been able to pursue a strategy because we didn’t use the label “radical Islam.” Not once has an advisor of mine said, man, if we really use that phrase, we’re going to turn this whole thing around. Not once.
Groups like ISIL and al Qaeda want to make this war a war between Islam and America, or between Islam and the West. . . . if we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush and imply that we are at war with an entire religion — then we’re doing the terrorists’ work for them.
And of course, after detailing the steps being taken to slowly defeat ISIS, Obama suggested that gun control could help stem further attacks.
Here’s the video. Obama’s remarks on gun control and his reaction to his critics, including Trump, begin at about the 10:40 mark.
President Obama Monday suggested that the Orlando attacks must spur a balanced response, one that fights terror but also addresses gun control.
That’s what’s known as taking your eye off the ball. Which is also what Obama first did when he removed troops from Iraq and bragged about it, opening the way for ISIS. America left troops in Germany after World War II and South Korea after the Korean war. And they have kept the peace. But Obama brought all the troops in Iraq home and campaigned on it. And the lid came off in Iraq, and now we have this.
Obama’s failure to address these attacks for what they are, Islamist terrorism, has serious ramifications, because they allow him to look at this as at least partially a crime issue, and therefore not tackle the real cause of the killings. Gun control has absolutely nothing to do with Islamist terrorism. They will find the weapons to do this, unless we are going to ban gun sales and bang down every door to remove the ones people have. And even then, they’ll get them.
Obama’s emphasis on gun control is a red herring, designed to distract from the real problem, which is that a new and virulent terrorist threat has taken root and metastasized under his presidency. He can try to blame the NRA for his failures, but the responsibility for protecting the country lies with him. And he is failing, and his failures, unfortunately, will start to become ever more spectacular.
“We have to do some soul searching,” Obama says about Republicans’ refusal to acquiesce to his gun control agenda. No. Mr. President, you need to do some soul searching.
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