by Pen Johannson
In a setback of the Obama Administration’s campaign promise to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, the Senate majority Democrats wrecked a funding request from the White House by a lopsided, partisan-like, 90 to six “no” vote.
As the realities of pre-election candidacy morph into the actual responsibility of protecting a nation, congress correctly yielded to the onslaught of unfavorable American sentiment. Closing Gitmo without a sound terrorist relocation and detention plan is simply unnacceptable to vintage America and the right thinking members of our government acted appropriately by telling Obama no.
And, while our newly ensconced members of government lust for “change we can believe in”, America is questioning the haste and irresponsibility shown by Obama in his promise of revenge for the Bush years. Obama is now finding his function requires more than just speeches and teleprompted aversion planted by his ever-angry alter ego, Rahm “Mother F****r” Emmanuel.
Elections have consequences. They certainly do.
And, Mr. Obama is realizing that his campaign commitments have the biggest consequences of all. They actually require real and actual risk management decisions which respect the life or death vulnerability of innocent millions not just divisive rhetoric. And, painfully for all on the left, he is realizing that true leaders are often required to work in concert, not oppositionally, with the national security policies implemented by their predecessors, especially when they were as successful as President Bush’s.
Vintage America will not stand for anything less than full consideration for their safety, first. No American worth anything wants psychotic religionist murderers held anywhere near their families or communities. The very presence of Islamic terrorists is a threat to those near them. Not necessarily because of direct threat from the detainees themselves, but because of the attention paid to such a location by our sworn enemies.
America's government has the primary responsibility of effectively protecting Americans, not providing suitable storage for human garbage. Too many of their countrymen and women were murdered or died fighting this very cause. And, closing Gitmo without providing a truly effective plan for an acceptable alternative is an insult to victim's families and our military.
And, this is a teeth-gnasher for the liberal horde. Their hatred and envy for Bush consumes their mind so much that their aversion to terrorism actually pales to their lust to put the former president on trial for “war crimes” which, coincidentally, kept them safe with policies they didn’t think of first.
Mr. Obama is suffering the blunt force trauma that comes when the political honeymoon of electoral victory is over and the unsavory reality of being a leader of a nation in a time of global terrorism takes hold. And, what is the result of this?
He will abandon many of his liberal political supporters in order to save their life. And, he should get a medal for doing so.
Welcome to being George W. Bush, Mr. President. Leading is different than pining for votes, isn’t it?
And, Obama’s traveling capitulatory theater is in its encore performance. Ironically, his new Act will demonstrate the humiliating necessity of reversing his previous decisions, now supporting the very policies he ran against and for which he recently apologized, abroad. He comes to this under the unmerciful pressure that comes with being the leader of a nation of freedom in a world of oppression wrought with murderous, religionist hate.
Lets be patient. Our newly installed, fairer-minded, darker-skinned helmster seems to be struggling with the reality that apologizing for what he thinks are the mistakes of others is indeed far less remedial compared to the task of having to apology for his own mistakes now. But, confidence remains, in spite of the jagged pill that comes with admitting the policies put in place by those you hate were actually necessary, no matter how much you despise them, politically, or personally.
So, Gitmo remains open for now.
Not surprisingly, every member of our government who has actually went down to Guantanamo Bay to tour the prison has returned to Washington with a new found respect and admiration for the effectiveness of this facility.
And, ignorantly opinionated liberals hate the fact that their own representatives tell them that Gitmo is a perfect location for captured terrorists. It is a modernly furnished facility with infrastructure and amenities for both detainees and detainers. Its geographic location provides one of the most escape proof regions of any prison in the world, and, most importantly………..it is not on U.S. soil near our communities and our children.
No other place is feasible, reasonable or acceptable to the American people. Obama needs to pay attention.
So, once he is forced to accept that closing the premier maximum security terrorist detention facility is not reasonable, the logical conclusion that Obama must embrace is that his only compromise may be to simply change its name. Perhaps, "Club Obama" would reside better with his supporters and our critics abroad. As a wordsmithing, smooth talking genius, Obama would certainly be happy to consider this, right?
But, that is as near to closing Gitmo as he will be allowed to come.