Obama: If I can’t close Gitmo, then I’ll just make sure it’s empty before I leave office


Douglas Ernst Blog

Gitmo releasesPresident Obama has made it clear since 2008 that he wants Guantanamo Bay detention center closed, even though the purpose it serves will still exist in the facility’s absence. Mr. Obama’s recent push to clear out as many Islamic terrorists as possible puts political gain before national security, and it’s a good bet that the decisions made now will blow up in an American’s face — literally.

Consider the case of Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, who was released in 2006 under the presumption that he would go into a Saudi “rehab” program for radical Islamic terrorists. The Bush administration caved into pressure to release some of Gitmo’s inmates, and today the U.S. government is once again looking for al-Rubaysh.

The U.S. Department of State said Dec. 18:

Ibrahim al-Rubaysh is a senior leader of AQAP, a designated [Foreign Terrorist Organization] and Specially Designated Global entity. He serves as a senior advisor…

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