Thursday, January 15, 2009

The point of Gitmo

Scott at Powerline has some good insight on an excellent post by National Review's Jay Nordlinger - Mr. Nordlinger specifically addressing the left's success at altering reality (at least the way reality is presented). Scott continues this by analyzing camparisons of Guantanamo to Nuremburg.

One Obama quote stood out to me in a way that Scott did not really address:

"It is my firm belief that we can track terrorists, we can crack down on threats against the United States. But we can do so within the constraints of our Constitution. Let's take the example of Guantanamo. What we know is that in previous terrorist attacks, for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated."

Scott goes on to show what Obama's contention was untrue, but even if it were, it misses the whole purpose of Guantanamo. Here's the money line: "the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial."

Obama is contending that it is sufficient to prosecute terrorists after they have completed their mission - a mission to take hundreds, thousands or millions of American lives. The purpose of our soon to be ex-President's anti-terror policy is to apprehend, interrogate and neutralize terrorists before they succeed in mass murder.

UPDATE: It also misses the point that the detainees are not US citizens - hence they have no rights under our constitution. Nor do they belong to any parties to the Geneva Convention.

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