Barack Obama promised his sycophantic liberal supporters that he would close Guantanamo Bay. Once he got into office, he realized just how difficult that would be, and the facility remains open.
Still, Obama did some damage in the service of his dangerous idealism. As critics have pointed out, many of the terrorists he released from Guantanamo returned to the battlefield, and ten more were released just before he left office, further imperiling American interests at home and abroad.
Well, no more of that. As Newsmax reports, Donald Trump is looking to make Gitmo great again:
The Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where the population has shrunk to just 41 prisoners, will likely be getting additional inmates under the Trump administration, The Hill reported.
President Trump has vowed to “load” up the American prison in Cuba “with some bad dudes,” the website noted.
“On Gitmo, I think you’re going to see further action,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.”I don’t want to get ahead of the president, but this is something that has been discussed.”
And critics are preparing to battle with Trump if he keeps his pledge, The Hill noted.
“Our people are ready to mobilize if new people are added to Guantánamo, which hasn’t happened in a long time,” said Elizabeth Beavers, senior campaigner for security with human rights at Amnesty International USA.”That’s something very serious, and I think it would activate people in a robust way.”
We like the sound of this, but if we’re being honest, we prefer Kevin Williamson’s plan:
The prisoners held at Gitmo are, for the most part, what is known under international law as “francs-tireurs,” non-uniformed militiamen who conduct sabotage and terrorism operations against occupation forces. Under Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions, fighters eligible for the protections extended to prisoners of war are obliged to meet several criteria, including the wearing of uniforms or fixed insignia and — here’s the rub for the Islamic State et al. — conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war. Non-uniformed militiamen and insurgents sawing the heads off of Wall Street Journal reporters do not qualify for Geneva Convention protections. They are, under the applicable international law, subject to summary execution, as are captured spies, terrorists, and the like. So: Why not shoot them?