Kristol: Obama's Stubbornly Wrong on Gitmo
Sometimes a promise shouldn't be kept.
5:19 PM, Jan 5, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama wants to close Gitmo. Closing Gitmo means sending terrorists abroad or to the United States. Both are serious mistakes—the terrorists abroad can go rejoin the fight, the ones taken to the U.S. would get all kinds of consitutional rights which might then allow them to rejoin the fight. And it’s ridiculous to say, at this point, that Gitmo is a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda (if it ever was). The reason President Obama wants to close Gitmo is...that he foolishly promised to close Gitmo. That’s not good enough.
Detainees walk in an exercise yard at Guantanamo Bay.
Congress’s duty is clear: To keep America safe, keep Gitmo open.