Democrats are counter-attacking critics of Barry’s response to the recent unpleasantness on a Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. They point to the fact that the Bush administration released Gitmo inmates to Saudi Arabia who then turned up in Yemen and are almost certainly behind the underpants bomber.
The Democrats are quite right to criticize Bush who came out for the closing of Gitmo.
It’s now abundantly clear that Bush, the “compassionate conservative,” was infected with the political correctness of sucking up to Muslims who supposedly adhere to, in his words, a “religion of peace.”
In recent interviews, Dick Cheney makes clear that he argued for a more clear-headed, if politically incorrect, policy of toughness which held that it is dangerous to close Gitmo just to appease the international pacifist left that still claims that the Gitmo terrorists are really peaceful shepherds who were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.
…As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.
He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core al Qaeda trained terrorists still there, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, ‘war on terror,’ we won’t be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency – social transformation—the restructuring of American society. President Obama’s first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war…