Here’s what we face with Guantanamo Bay terrorists being housed in the United States. After the state prison in Thomson, Ill., has been transformed (at taxpayer expense) into a federal “Super Max” facility, the detainees will begin to arrive. They will include the worst of the worst. They are the terrorists that no one wanted. Certainly, not the Saudis with their vaunted extremist rehab centers. The Europeans, who were so vocal about closing the Guantanamo Bay facility, gave them a polite “non, merci.”
In his December 1, speech at West Point, President Obama announced that he would send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. The President's stated goal for this surge is to secure key population centers, train Afghan forces, transfer responsibility to a capable Afghan partner, and increase our partnership with Pakistan. The President's decision buys time for our Afghan allies to build institutions to defend themselves from the Taliban and should be applauded. Unfortunately, the President's progressive base is upset and even mainstream liberals such as NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman have expressed doubts about the President's decision.