Change You Can NOT BELIEVE!

Posted: February 17, 2009 by April Watkins in Islam, Military, Our Government, Terrorism, U.S. Navy, War on Terror, White House
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Americans have been so focused on the economic turmoil and the debate on the highly controversial stimulus package, that an extremely critical issue has been virtually overlooked or cast aside. Two days after taking the oath of office for the Presidency of the United States of America, Barak Obama deliberately and severely crippled the security of our nation with the simple stroke of a pen.  Executive orders were given to immediately begin the closure of the military detention facility, Camp Delta, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as “all detention facilities [around the world] currently operated by the CIA.”  Also included in the set of orders is the immediate halt to “all proceedings [which are] pending in the United States Court of Military Commission Review.”

And that is just the beginning…

Military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, rejected the request from Pentagon lawyers to halt proceedings in the already

al-Nashiri

al-Nashiri

scheduled arraignment of Abd el Rahim al-Nashiri, the Saudi Arabian charged with the orchestration of the suicide bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000 that killed 17 sailors and injured dozens. The judge argued that his decision to proceed with the arraignment would not prevent the Obama Administration from making a decision on determining a forum [other than a military commission] for al-Nashiri’s case and would, in fact, expedite the trial process for the detainee, which was the stated aim of the Administration.

Meanwhile, the families of the victims, along with the ship’s commander, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kurt Lippold (now retired) had been invited to the White House for a briefing on the situation.  The group had expected to bring their concerns directly to President Obama regarding the whispers of a possible withdrawal of charges.  However, the meeting that the families and Cmdr. Lippold were expecting was not forthcoming.

USS Cole shown with gaping hole from attack.

USS Cole shown with gaping hole from attack.

Instead, in a precarious and alarming response to Col. Pohl’s legal argument, the White House demanded an immediate halt to al-Nashiri’s arraignment, which could only be legally achieved by withdrawing all charges against the terrorist.  This callous move created a storm of outrage from the families of victims from the USS Cole, as well as those families from the victims of the 9/11 attacks.  They expected to be accorded the respect and consideration of the President before any final decision was made.  Instead, they found themselves to be mere pawns in a public relations campaign meant to soften the backlash expected from many Americans.

Lawyers from the Administration rushed to defend the decision stating that the charges against al-Nashiri were “dropped without prejudice” which means that he can conceivably be recharged in a federal or civil court inside the borders of United States. Legal scholars point out that changing the trial’s venue to a federal or civil court is a treacherous move as it could trigger unprecedented rights accorded the terrorist.  Due to the classified nature of most of the evidence, the prosecution would be extremely limited in presenting enough evidence before a public audience to bring about a conviction.

In an interview with the Miami Herald, Cmdr. Lippold struck back at the Obama Administration stating that this move to drop charges would be “a tragic, politically based mistake.  We are now politicizing the war on terrorism…an order of magnitude worse than anything we’ve ever done.”

I am truly stunned with this event.  I cannot conceive of a rational argument for Obama’s actions in these orders. What possible thought process does one possess to think it is a good idea to release our enemies? However, I should recognize that this administration is, in truth, the old Clinton Administration with new wrappings – and we know that they had no conception of the danger of Islamic terrorism.

Moreover, I am shocked at the naivety of the liberal mindset. Have they been lost in academia for so long that the realities of the base nature of man are a mere myth to them?  In layman’s terms, don’t they realize that these terrorists want to KILL us?  A rational mind could look at the living conditions of the masses in the Middle East and realize that they operate on a different wavelength.  While our goodie-two-shoes are worried about the terrorists’ rights, the terrorists’ governments could care less about their own people.  Seldom do we see Muslim countries helping neighbor Muslim countries for humanistic needs.  Seldom do we hear “moderate” Muslim countries denounce the radical actions of their brethren.

What is the motive in Obama’s decision to emasculate our intelligence and armed forces with such reckless orders? Does this help Americans?   Does it make us safer?  With order like these – who needs a military?  Why should we keep any armed forces, if our political leaders are willing to roll-over for the enemy and kowtow to the socialist/communist leaders of other countries around the world in the flimsy hope of “being likable again.”

And, why should we care what other countries think of us?  Honestly.  It changes nothing.  They still need our help during crises, our benevolence to refugees and victims that are ignored by their wealthy neighbors, i.e. Saudi Arabia.  They still need our trade; even with our current economic crisis, the United States will import Billions in foreign goods and services in any given year.

Change can be good, change can be necessary.  But, change based on inexperience and lack of knowledge is arrogant and dangerous.  As Cmdr. Lippold stated, “We shouldn’t make policy decisions based on human rights and legal advocacy groups.  We should consider what is best for the American people, which is not to jeopardize those who are fighting the war on terror – or even more adversely impact the families who have already suffered losses as a result of the war.”

Yes, we are witnessing the beginning of a new direction for America.  However, it might not be the America you want.  And that is…WHY IT MATTERS.

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