The United States is preparing a detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to house tens of thousands of refugees who may flee unrest in Haiti, officials in humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday.
One official said the State Department had briefed a number of non-governmental organizations on its plans to accommodate as many as 50,000 refugees in the detention facility until they could be sent back to Haiti.
The facility would not be in the same place as the prison camp being operated by the U.S. military for detainees captured in Afghanistan and being treated as enemy combatants in the “war on terrorism.”
Reuters just couldn’t, it seems, bring itself to protest against the use of such an inhumane facility to house refugees. But please note that they’re still using scare quotes around the phrase “war on terrorism.”
As a funnier man than me often says, “I don’t want to go off on a rant here, but…”
Jebus farging cripes already. Let’s look at the last 29 months:
We were hit by four attacks, hours apart, on two cities, killing over 3,000 Americans.
In response, we toppled the government of Afghanistan, and still have 10,000 soldiers there patrolling for bad guys.
We’ve pressured foreign governments from Islamabad, to Riyadh, to Damascus.
We’ve lobbed UAV-launched Hellfire missiles at a carload of terrorists in Yemen.
We invaded, occupied, and are helping completely restructure Iraq.
We’ve strengthened old military alliances, all but discarded others, and forged all-new ones.
We’ve staked out offensive bases throughout Central Asia.
Our defense budget, troop pay, number of soldiers in uniform, weapons procurement, and National Guard deployments are all way, way up.
So which goddamn part of the phrase “war on terrorism” needs quotes around it?