President Obama still doesn’t have a broad, overarching strategy to defeat ISIL, but he does have a plan to import terrorists to U.S. soil.
Sounds hard to believe, right? Yet it’s true. In an exclusive interview with CBS News yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced he’s preparing a plan to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay and transfer the remaining terrorists to U.S. soil:
"I think it would be nice to do that before the end of President Obama's administration so that the next President doesn't have to deal with this situation.”
Nice? Bringing some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists to the United States and giving them the same rights as U.S. citizens is a lot of things, but nice is the last word that comes to mind.
That’s why a majority of Americans – as well as a broad bipartisan majority in Congress – have consistently opposed the administration’s reckless push to import terrorists to the United States. Last month the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which would continue current policy that prevents the administration from bringing these terrorists to the U.S. and also roll back the president’s authority to unilaterally transfer them to other countries.
Like it or not President Obama has 17 more months in office. He can use that time to work with Republicans in Congress to get things done for the American people, or he can use it to try and cement a liberal legacy.
Sadly – more often than not – it appears President Obama is choosing the latter.
It’s the only way to explain an administration that is working so “feverishly” (their word) to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay and bring terrorists to the United States, while:
- All but throwing in the towel on a plan to actually defeat and destroy ISIL. (“That’s something we’ll leave to the next president,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said recently.)
- Encouraging Democrats in the House and Senate to block a pay raise for our troops.
- Failing to lay out a plan to bring about the accountability and real reform our veterans need at the VA.
- Refusing to work with Republicans to expand safe and responsible energy production to create jobs and growth here at home.
And we could go on, and on, and on…