There are 107 jihadists remaining at Guantanamo Bay. President Obama sees that as a huge problem and, for once, I agree with him. But there the agreement ends. The president is hell bent on shuttering the detention camp. I think the problem is that there are only 107 detainees.
Heading into his eighth year as commander-in-chief, Obama seems increasingly detached — inevitably so, as reality relentlessly distances itself from the president’s fantasies about Islam and terrorism.
Impervious to the bitter irony, the president waxed idiotic at his final White House press conference of 2015 about the need to close Gitmo — and about his imminent release of 17 jihadists to speed that process along — while the engines revved up to jet him to San Bernardino, Calif. There, he’ll find time for a quickie meeting with family members in mourning after the jihadist mass-murder of their loved ones two weeks ago.
After that, Obama will hop back on Air Force One to do what any wartime president would do — take a two-week Hawaii vacation. No word yet on whether ISIS or al-Qaeda will be kicking back, too.
And nary a word from ISIS and al-Qaeda about Gitmo . . . except perhaps the occasional thank-you card to the White House. The president continues to replenish their ranks by releasing terrorists, like Ibrahim Qosi, who now leads al-Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen after being released by Obama in 2012.
Chances are the grieving San Bernardino families will want some answers about why Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is so obsessed with the civil rights of jihadists.
Will Obama tell them they have it all wrong? Will he tell them, as he told the White House press corps on Friday, that Gitmo is really the “key magnet for jihadi recruitment”?
The families, I imagine, probably believe more recruitment goes on at mosques that propagate Islamic supremacism — such as the one in nearby Riverside, Calif., frequented by Siyed Rizwan Farook, one of the jihadists who slayed their fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. That would be the same mosque flagged by veteran counterterrorism agent Phil Haney due to its ties to a radical Islamic movement in Pakistan — the same mosque Obama’s DHS stopped investigating because it fretted that Haney was “profiling” Muslims.
Or maybe the families suspect that recruitment is not much of a challenge for jihadists. After all, Obama’s DHS endorses the importation of tens of thousands of immigrants from jihadist cauldrons, immigrants that the government concedes it cannot vet — and that DHS refuses to vet. It won’t read their Facebook posts, it won’t inquire into their ideology, and it most certainly won’t ask if they want sharia to supplant the U.S. Constitution. After all, that might be “profiling.”
Instead, in accordance with the Obama administration’s “Countering Violent Extremism” strategy, crafted by the experts down at DHS, investigators must…