Friday, January 23, 2009

Gitmo and Reality

The thought of closing Gitmo makes a liberal feel all warm and fuzzy, but reality brings a much harsher look.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.

The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

The feel good policies will have to face the harsh realities of what it would mean to have Gitmo prisoners freed by technicalities associated with our justice system here.

Obama may be liberal, but he isn't dumb. He knows this reality. So he gives the left a crumb saying he will close a year. But Politico has 6 signs that Gitmo policies may not change.