Thursday, May 07, 2009

Obama: America's Olmert?

Olmert did his fair share of releasing Palestinian terrorists, even going so far as releasing those who had blood on their hands. This was all part of demonstrating Israel's readiness to make peace--but the end result was that a number of the released terrorists went back to killing Israelis.

Now what explains Obama's decision to bring some of the Muslim terrorists released from Guantanamo into the US?
Despite being steeped in jihadist ideology, trained in explosives and assassination tactics, and anxious enough to get that way that they high-tailed it from China to Afghanistan to become more lethal terrorists, the Uighur Muslim detainees will be released by the Obama administration into the United States, according to this Los Angeles Times report. After all, the president has promised to close Guantanamo Bay this year, and that promise can't be fulfilled unless we release the jihadists since many of them can't be tried. How are we going to convince other countries to be good sports and endanger their populations unless we sow a few of them among the American people? (The LATimes suggests that you folks in Virginia may be the lucky winners in this lottery: "[M]any Uighur immigrants from China live in Washington's Virginia suburbs, and advocates have urged that the detainees be resettled near people who speak their language and are familiar with their customs.")

No reason to worry about these guys. What about Tom Joscelyn's thorough reporting about their training by Abdul Haq, a member of al Qaeda's shura council (the network's inner circle)? What about their joining other jihadists in rioting at Gitmo? What about federal statutory law that makes aliens excludable from the U.S. if they have received terrorist training or been affiliated with a terrorist organization? No problem for our "rule of law" president who says the security of Americans is always foremost in his mind.

What is behind Obama's decision? Jennifer Rubin theorizes:
It is as if the president and his advisers have put aside both national security and political considerations in favor of some other wacky agenda designed only to please and European politicians. This agenda may reflect Obama’s deepest sensibilities and desires, but it is a dangerous game (where and when will the released terrorists pop up and kill Americans?) and a political train-wreck in the making.
Appeasing special interests--like appeasing foreign interests--at the expense of national security is a recipe for disaster. Is there any reason to think that these Uighur Muslim detainees are any less of a threat than Palestinian terrorists released by Olmert?

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