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Gitmo Detainees Coming to a Town Near You?

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says Obama may be impeached if the Obama administration “flows prisoners out of Gitmo.” So what happens when Obama flows them straight into Graham’s own state, like the brig at Joint Base Charleston? What will Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) do when Gitmo detainees show up at the brig at Camp Pendleton?


President Obama defended the release of five top Taliban terrorists by saying that’s what happens when “wars end.”  Never before have we had a president so detached from the realities of the world as we do now, at this moment. The war in Afghanistan is still on — even by Obama’s own absurd timetables for quitting it — and Obama’s justification of the prisoner swap should give Senators like Graham and Feinstein a taste of what’s to come.

Here’s the simple way to decode every dumb thing this administration does: their radical ideology makes them brazenly unconcerned about the consequences of their outrageous actions.

This militant approach to governance explains a great deal about the last six years. Think Gitmo, Bergdahl, Fast and Furious, IRS abuse, Benghazi, the New Black Panthers, Holder’s attack on election integrity and Voter ID, attacks on religious liberty, attacks on free speech, and an unmatched record of losing 9-0 at the Supreme Court.

Consequences don’t matter to the radicals populating the Obama administration. The crusade matters, as per Saul Alinsky: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up … As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. Attack, attack, attack.” The blueprint is right there for anyone to read for just $8.44.

Part of that ideological crusade is closing down Gitmo. Because people throughout the administration — in the White House, National Security Council, State Department, Justice Department and Defense Department — think Gitmo is an evil place outside the norms of international law, they will do anything to shutter it. That explains the last week.  It’s easy to understand their behavior if you understand what drives them. The Bergdahl for Taliban swap wasn’t an error; it wasn’t incompetence.


The swap represented radical ideology in action.

But impeachment? Nothing sounds more delightful to the ears inside the White House. If you ever get around to reading Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals, focus on how important “overreaction” is to an Alinskyite. Overreaction is the one way the administration might emerge from the fallout of the Gitmo detainee for probable-deserter swap.

Why is impeachment an overreaction right now, this day? Because the public doesn’t support it. Re-read the last sentence. Impeachment is a political act, not a legal one.

It is strange how anyone needs to be reminded of this lesson, barely twenty years old. I was in the House chamber the moment President Bill Clinton was impeached. The gallery erupted in applause. Who knew they were cheering a boomerang that led to a wipeout in the 1998 elections and the death of the 1994 GOP surge?

In favor of impeachment? Get back to me when more than 50% of the public supports impeachment. I’ll give you a discount — get back to me when just 47% support it. Get back to me when you have a winner. Until then, make the case with your friends and neighbors, minus any spittle or froth.

In the meantime, Obama may help your cause. Gitmo needs to be emptied. (Or as they would say in my hometown of Pittsburgh: “Gitmo needs emptied.”) There is nothing Obama and his radical aides would like to do more than open the Gitmo gates and say goodbye.

If the firestorm following the Sgt. Bergdahl swap does anything positive, it may scrap that dream.


So look for Gitmo detainees to arrive at a town near you. Expect the administration to talk about how secure military prisons are. Expect to hear grand exultations of America being true to its character by closing down a facility where terrorists are treated better than American vets. Expect pomp and pompousness. Expect Gitmo detainees in your backyard.

What then? Will home state senators and congressmen rally the cause for impeachment?

How sad and tragic America has a president so at odds with American values and priorities. When a candidate promises to fundamentally transform America again, let’s hope the voters listen next time.

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