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Monday, July 10, 2017

Refilling Gitmo

From the New Yorker on March 9: "President Trump’s Guantánamo Delusion."

LOL.

From The Hill last night: "Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo."



Yep.

Fake News from the New Yorker. What else is new?

From the New Yorker back then:
It won’t work, though, and not only because it would require a new ground war to capture a new generation of enemy combatants. (In truth, most of the original Guantánamo detainees were not captured by American forces, but were instead purchased from local bounty hunters in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hence the troubling number of baffled farmers, taxi drivers, and Uighur migrants from China locked up for months and years.) The military commissions created to try Guantánamo cases were hopelessly designed. For a nation that insisted, after the Second World War, over the objections of its allies, on the world-historic legal proceedings that became known as the Nuremberg trials, the Guantánamo military commissions are a disgrace. In fifteen years, they’ve won only eight convictions; three were overturned on appeal, and another one was partially overturned.
Mmm-kay. The magazine dismisses KSM as a taxi driver. I get it. And John Wilkes Booth was just an actor. Leave him alone.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces helped Iraq secure Mosul (for what, the third time?) from the Islamic State, finishing the job on Sunday.

The Trump-inspired cease-fire in Syria began also on Sunday.

We are winning the war on global terrorists again -- despite the Democratic Party's best efforts to lose -- and we have all these unlawful combatants. I would just execute them under the Geneva Convention, but that's bad PR.

Here is what Trump is doing.

From the Hill:
President Trump promised during the campaign to “load it up with some bad dudes,” and Sessions has called it a “very fine place” with no legal reason not to send new detainees there. 
Supporters of keeping the facility open and sending new detainees there are confident Trump will fulfill that promise, even if little movement has been made. 
“We have taken off the table the silly ideas that the previous administration had about Guantanamo,” said David Rivkin, constitutional litigator and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who served under Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush in the White House counsel’s office and the Justice Department.
Obama, having failed in his efforts to close the facility, left Guantanamo with 41 detainees. Five of those detainees were cleared for transfer by either the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force set up in 2009 or the interagency Periodic Review Boards set up in 2011.
The press gets everything wrong about Trump. I think deliberately.




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6 comments:

  1. I'm sure it's deliberate; they hate him with a passion.

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  2. Fill 'er up! And build a great big sturdy gallows right in the middle. They have no rights and are not entitled to any due process. They are military combatants captured out of uniform. That is a capital offense. Once these killers have been wrung for information there's no reason to give them a lifetime of comfort on the taxpayer's dime. - Elric

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  3. I would prefer he treat them in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and shoot them when captured.

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    1. I would rather question them, then execute them.
      I haven't believed the RINO/Progessive logic that is if we don't treat our prisoners well, that endangers our people. That has been BS since day one.
      When my son was in Iraq for a total of 27 months, this vet told him to never surrender, fight to the death. Much better to die with adrenalin on overload than to sit in a cage waiting to be tortured and beheaded.

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    2. I would rather question them, then execute them.
      I haven't believed the RINO/Progessive logic that is if we don't treat our prisoners well, that endangers our people. That has been BS since day one.
      When my son was in Iraq for a total of 27 months, this vet told him to never surrender, fight to the death. Much better to die with adrenalin on overload than to sit in a cage waiting to be tortured and beheaded.

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  4. Its a mistake. Better to imprison them in whatever country they are captured.

    Downside to Obama preventing POW's being taken was that intel dried up - no one to interrogate. Once it became clear that we weren't allowed to take prisoners, because there was nowhere to put them, we simply killed anyone that we normally would have captured. No prisoners = No interrogations = No intel.

    Problem with reopening GITMO is that you can't ever release anyone (unless you're a jihadi sympathizer like Obama). In a normal war, POW's go home when the war ends. Which generally isn't that long - few years, typically. But, we are in a perpetual war. Islam is at war with everyone that is not a Muslim - Western Civilization, India, China - literally EVERYONE that is not themselves, and there's no indication that any sort of peace is even remotely possible, ever, until they dominate the whole world (the odds of them losing are currently at zero given the fact that no government being conquered by them will even admit there's a war on, much less try to fight to win).

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