IT IS PROBABLY AN UNDERSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT this would be a huge mistake.
The White House on Wednesday left open the possibility that the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba, could be shuttered after criticism of the facility that has led former President Jimmy Carter and others to call for its closure.
When asked if President Bush would shut down the detention center, White House press secretary Scott McClellan responded that “we’re always looking at all alternatives when it comes to dealing with these detainees.”
Indeed, giving into the far left on Gitmo will just shift the battle to another front. We are at war here folks. Only a suicidal nation would allow enemy combatants to simply return to the battle. The backlash the first time detainees are proven to have again taken up arms or are caught on tape sawing somebody's head off will be immense.
Even if the horribly misguided charges made against the U.S. could be proven, and weren't mostly the word of detainees trained to lie, they are a far cry from the rhetoric that has been used against the camp. Closing the camp would only be a sign of weakness to an enemy that thrives on weakness and exploits it at every turn. Mark my words, closing Gitmo would just be another victory for the terrorists, further emboldening them and causing more bloodshed.
Are we really going to just sit back and allow the far-left to sabotage the entire war on terror from within? It sure is starting to look like it. As amazing as it is that anybody listens to the left at all at this point, and they are gambling on an uncertain future. If we are hit again, or the closing of Gitmo results in a degradation of the war on terror, there will be hell to pay.
For a group that claims to only want to "save lives," they sure have a propensity for insuring that more Americans and innocent Iraqi's are put in harms way. It is clearer now than ever that the left wants to lose this war. While that is no surprise really, that the Bush administration would allow it to happen is.