By Tom Quiner
Candidate Barack Obama viewed the Guantanamo Bay detention center as a moral sin.
He built much of his 2007 campaign around this theme, as he expressed in June of 2007:
“Why don’t we close Guantanamo and restore the right of habeas corpus, because that’s how we lead, not with the might of our military, but the power of our ideals and the power of our values? It’s time to show the world we’re not a country that ships prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far off countries.”
To show that he was serious, he built on the theme in August of 2007:
“As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.”
In December of 2007, he linked Guantanamo to America’s problems with Islam, suggesting its closure would sooth ruffled jihadist feathers:
“If you were a Muslim overseas listening to Rudy Giuliani say ‘they are coming here to try to kill you,’ which is the tenor of many of the speeches that are delivered by Republicans, you would get an impression that they are not interested in talking and resolving issues peacefully. Now, what we need to do [to reach Muslims] is we need to close Guantanamo. We need to restore habeas corpus. We need to send a strong signal that we are going to talk directly to not just our friends but also to our enemies.”
And following his election, he stated on November 16th of 2008:
“I have said repeatedly that I will close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that.”
So did he do it?
No. It was all words.
Readers of this blog can honorably debate the merits and demerits of Guantanamo Bay. But what is not debatable is this: Barack Obama, by his inaction in closing the detention center, admitted George W. Bush was right.
The mainstream media let him off the hook for it, didn’t they? Imagine if a Republican did such a thing. Do you detect a little media bias?
Interestingly, there are no longer any protests by left wing American haters. Where did they all go? Obama reneged and embraced Bush’s policy.
Where are they?
Tonight Show host, Jay Leno, offered Mr. Obama advice on how to close Guantanamo on Tuesday night’s show:
“He should do what he always does: declare it a small business and tax it out of existence”
Now that’s something I can really see the president doing.