Obama Giving Up On Closing Gitmo?

Obama Giving Up On Closing Gitmo?

I’m shocked.  Stunned.  Stupefied.  Flabbergasted.  This just isn’t possible.  How can a “god” fail to get rid of something that should have, from day one, only taken the stroke of a pen, the law be damned?

Is The One a lame duck after all?:

The Obama administration is not pursuing the use of an executive order to shutter the Guantanamo Bay military prison after officials concluded that it would not be a viable strategy, sources familiar with the deliberations said.

Why not?  It worked for cap & trade, and two amnesties, and several other prominent items on the Obama Agenda.  What made closing Gitmo any different?

The conclusion, reached by administration officials, narrows the already slim chances that Barack Obama can fulfill his pledge to close the notorious offshore prison before leaving office in January.

The White House has said repeatedly that Obama has not ruled out any options on the Guantanamo center, which has been used to house terrorism suspects since it was set up in 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Right up until now, it would seem.  But again comes the question: Why?  It simply does not fit the eight-year pattern of the Obamidency.

Captain Ed suggests that the obstacle was that keeping Gitmo open had bipartisan support:

Without a path through Congress, there would be very little the White House could do to close the facility now, and almost no time in which to do it. Obama could attempt to close the entire Guantanamo Bay naval base and hand it back to Raul Castro, but that would almost certainly require Senate approval — and would create a political firestorm the likes of which have not been seen since the Panama Canal treaties of 1977. The Democrat-dominated Senate barely ratified the two treaties, with a single vote to spare on both. Obama wouldn’t be able to get any such treaty through this Senate, and attempting to try it without Senate ratification could trigger a constitutional crisis that could swamp out Democrats’ hopes in the upcoming election.

You mean like the constitutional crises that ensued after every previous use of O’s pen and phone and putter?  How about the Iran nuclear “deal” that was a treaty requiring two-thirds Senate ratification until that same GOP Senate decided to do Red Barry the favor of pretending it wasn’t and flipping that threshold to requiring a two-thirds vote to reject it?  Have those impeachment hearings begun yet?  Or did they already take place and I, the full-time blogger and podcaster, somehow missed them, unless they were shoehorned into the preceding three weeks of my “working vacation”?

C’mon, man.  Severing power from legal authority is the core of the Obama legacy.  Sure, Senate approval is required for a lot of things, constitutionally speaking.  But since when does Barack Obama give a frog’s fat leg about the Constitution?  Especially during his second term, when he was past having to even pretend to care about what the American people thought about anything, much less their elected representatives on either side of Capitol Hill?

Piffle.  If Barack Obama had, at any time in the past eight years, really wanted to shut down Gitmo, he would have done so, by whatever means necessary.  And he did not.  But does that mean he never truly wanted to cease housing captured jihadists there, or did he have another use in mind for the facility?  Perhaps the incarceration of….political prisoners?  Which in turn raises the question of whether he’s changed his mind about a coup de tat and self-installation as president-for-life.  Has that long-term plan/plot become something he’s simply too lazy to bother with, preferring to hand everything off to Mrs. Clinton, who will certainly not lack any enthusiasm for that tyrannical task?  It would definitely indicate his level of confidence in her ability to dispatch Donald Trump without more than a token modicum of effort.

I’m still not fully buying this story.  It’s just too difficult for me to believe that his ideological thirst for power could ever be slaked.  And besides, I’ve never been to the Caribbean.  At least the tab for that “working vacation” would have been picked up by the feds.

But there’s still a chance.  Stay tuned.

Dhimmi Madness

Dhimmi Madness

Looks like Omar Mateen was a chip off the old block.  Which is to say, he was a devout Muslim, which is in turn to say that he was a liar and not just a wannabe unholy “warrior” like his old man:

“I didn’t see anything irregular with him. I saw him yesterday [Saturday] afternoon,” Seddique Mateen said. “It makes me upset, it makes me mad that I didn’t see anything unusual.” …

“I don’t think he was radicalized,” Seddique Mateen said. “That’s what my gut feeling tells me.”

Given what #1 son did early yesterday morning, I imagine he wouldn’t have seen anything unusual in his son’s. behavior, unless he had donned a rainbow-logo’d t-shirt.  Ditto not thinking he was “radicalized,” because as a devout Islamic Fundamentalist, “radicalization” to the elder Mateen would mean converting to Christianity or Judaism.  From his point of view, slaughtering the “unbelievers” is simply the way of things.  It is what Muzzies do.

Which is not to say that the proud پلاره! wasn’t also spinning like a pulsar:

 As a husband, however, she said Omar Mateen was abusive and mentally unstable. When he was angry, he would sometimes rant about homosexuals, Yusufiy said.

“He would be perfectly normal and happy, joking, laughing one minute — the next minute his temper … his body would just [go] totally the opposite,” Yusufiy, twenty-seven, told ABC News. “Anger, emotionally violent and that later evolved into abuse, to beating. …

i.e. Yusufiy is evidently not as “devout” as her ex-husband….

Seddique Mateen said this is the first he’s heard about his son’s abusive behavior toward Yusify. Omar Mateen later remarried and had a three-year-old son with his new wife. Seddique Mateen said his daughter-in-law is “a typical American” and “a nice lady” who also never showed any signs of radicalism.

….and his new wife is.

Just like his pop:

Seddique Mateen told ABC News he’s unsure of his son’s possible motive for the attack at Pulse nightclub, which bills itself on its website as “Orlando’s Premier Gay Night Club.” He said he and his wife raised their children to always be accepting of others.

Suuuuuuure he is.  Suuuuuuuure he did.  That’s not the message Seddique Mateen regularly vomits out on his pro-Taliban-flacking Facebook page.…:

In the video posted early Monday, Seddique Mateen says his son was well-educated and respectful to his parents, and that he was “not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill fifty people.”

The elder Mateen says he was saddened by his son’s actions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

He then adds: “God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” saying it’s, “not an issue that humans should deal with.”

….or kindred cable access program, Afghan TV:

A senior Afghan intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Lara Logan that the show is watched by some in people in Afghanistan but the primary audience is ethnic Pashtun Afghans living in the U.S. and Europe.

Just like Seddique Mateen’s son, shockingly enough.

The Taliban Islamic [Fundamental]ist movement is comprised almost entirely of Pashtuns, and Mateen’s show takes a decidedly Pashtun nationalistic, pro-Taliban slant; full of anti-U.S. rhetoric and inflammatory language aimed at non-Pashtuns and at Pakistan, the source told Logan. …

In his Facebook videos, the alleged gunman’s father has often appeared wearing a military uniform and declaring himself the leader of a “transitional revolutionary government” of Afghanistan. He claims to have his own intelligence agency and close ties to the U.S. Congress — assets he says he will use to subvert Pakistani influence and take control of Afghanistan.

It would appear that the fruit didn’t fall far from the ol’ tree.  Which is most of what that same fruit, and over fifty of his victims, have now been extinguished.  پلار کلن ګران must be so proud at how “accepting of others” his scion turned out to be.

And yet the self-evident reality that this was the latest in an escalating crescendo of Islamic butchery against the “Crusader” West must not be spoken.  The Left cannot abide, cannot bear to even listen to, forget the word “jihadist” or “Islamist,” they barely even tolerate the word “terrorism,” as it distracts from their adamantly preferred dhimmist Narratives of “homophobia” and “wild guns”.

Case in point:

Journalist Owen Jones stormed out of a live television interview about the mass killing in Orlando in protest at his interviewer’s refusal to name the shooting an attack on LGBT people.

“At the end of the day this was a homophobic hate crime, as well as terrorism and it has to be called out, as I have to say, on Sky News and lots of news channels, there’s not been many LGBT voices that I’ve heard myself,” he said.

“[…] it is one of the worst atrocities committed against LGBT people in the western world for generations and it has to be called out as such,” he added.

Yes, in this instance, the target of the jihad was homosexuals.  But that’s zeroing in on one tree and ignoring the entire rest of the forest.  The point isn’t that “LGBT” was in Omar Mateen’s crosshairs, the point was on the other end of the guns.  Omar Mateen was an Islamic Fundamentalist waging “holy war” against those his demon “god” told him were his enemies.  The “Pulse” night club could just as easily have been a synagogue or a mall or a cineplex or a church, and undoubtedly will be in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  Only in those future instances, the cynical identity politics fetish won’t arise from dinnermashers like Owen Jones because the targets will be either too generalized or of the “wrong tribe,” and that will be perfectly okay with him.

Case in point:

The Christian Right has introduced two hundred anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No.

Given that Omar Mateen was an Islamic Fundamentalist, raised by a pro-Taliban Islamic Fundamentalist, taught to hate homosexuals by the most virulently and murderously “homophobic” culture on the planet, and called 911 to declare his allegiance to the Islamic State before attacking the homosexual nightclub in Orlando, yeah, why wouldn’t anybody be blaming Christian evangelicals for the atrocity?  That’s that for which we keep “Chase Strangio” around, right?

And when the next Omar Mateen chooses a church as his/her/their shooting gallery, what do y’all think ol’ Chase will be saying about that?  “Poetic justice” or “What goes around, comes around” or “Fuck the Fundies!  Pass me a mug of their shed blood!” I imagine.

Or trundle out the gun control quackery, as New York City’s Sandanista Mayor did last morning:

We mourn with the people of Orlando and the LGBT community as a whole on the news that -once again- we have lost precious lives to the gun.

That’s funny, because I didn’t think “smart guns” meant firearms that could telekinetically pull their own triggers guided by an independent, on-board sentient consciousness.  Which means that either (1) a new life form has been discovered on this planet that is an enormously bigger watershed event in human history than finding some actual microbes on Mars or Europa or Titan or wherever like the faux-atheist pagan scientific community is endlessly and droolingly chasing after, or (2) there was someone pulling those triggers on the gun’s behalf, and the motives of that trigger-puller might just be more important than the means he used to massacre and maim over a hundred innocent people.

It is not, in short, the imagined “persecution” of the most dominant, powerful, and persecutory demographic in America today, or “the gun” that is the threat and problem, it is Islam, coupled with the fact that  a large majority of the country adamantly refuses to accept that visceral truth.

Which leads to the perpetual election of spouters of jihadi-symp doggerel like this:

Say a prayer for them and say a prayer for their families — that God give them the strength to bear the unbearable. And that He give us all the strength to be there for them, and the strength and courage to change.

Change what?  Repealing the Second Amendment?  Banning Christianity and Judaism?  Mass state-mandated conversion to Islam?  As per usual with President Divot, it’s what he doesn’t say that speaks deafeningly louder than what he does.

Still, I recall one of the tenets of conservatism that is directly applicable to this situation: “When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change”.  And that “change” in this instance would be crazy, foolhardy, and suicidal.  Anybody care to put money on whether the “Pulse” nightclub was a “gun-free zone”, BTW?

Exit quote from John Podhoretz:

America’s national attitude toward LGBT people didn’t shoot up the Pulse nightclub. This country’s national attitude has undergone a sea-change in the past twenty years, by the way, in case the president hasn’t noticed.

An Islamist terrorist waging war against the United States killed and injured 103 people on our soil. We Americans do not bear collective responsibility for this attack. Quite the opposite.

The attack on the Pulse nightclub was an attack on us all, no less than the World Trade Center attack.

Amen.

Red Barry’s High Floor

Red Barry’s High Floor

From National Review Online, The Corner:  Obama’s Favorability is Only 43% in Battleground States.

All I can say is, how the heck is it that high? How on God’s green earth can anyone think favorably of Barack Obama? It’s the same conundrum as when I see the “Ready for Hillary” stickers. Seriously? I guess my mind just can’t twist like a liberal’s. Obama, the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and so many others are, in my opinion, generally bad people. Not just people who have made some bad choices, but BAD people. It’s not that hard to read the things they’ve said, look at their voting records, and just observe their lives and come to the conclusion that they should not be walking the hallowed halls which our Founders meant for honest, decent people who want to serve their country. It makes me sick to look at the pictures of the White House, the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, and think of the awful, vile people who sit in places of honor when they have no honor themselves. It is no wonder our culture is decaying when we send rotten to the core politicians to Washington to represent us. Looking at the choices we’re going to have in November, I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Obama Regime On Pace To Close Gitmo

Obama Regime On Pace To Close Gitmo

It might not seem like it at first from the quote below, but you’ll get to the money passage eventually:

The Obama administration is running out of time and options to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, so officials are scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible and considering novel [i.e. illegal] legal strategies that include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference and sending others to foreign countries to be prosecuted.

But it looks to be little, too late to close the prison before Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to fulfill a campaign pledge.

There’s the difficulty in transferring prisoners from the U.S. base in Cuba, questions about the legality of plea deals and solid opposition in Congress to anything that might help Obama achieve that promise.

“The clock has struck midnight and the American people have won,” said Senator Cory Gardner, R-CO, who has said he would oppose any effort to move detainees to prison facilities in his State. “The president needs to admit that.”

 Later this month, lawmakers are on track to extend a ban on moving detainees to U.S. soil. That would leave the president with no way to make the January 2017 deadline, barring an unexpected reversal in Congress or a politically explosive executive order.

The White House increasingly is pointed to a parallel strategy: trying to shrink the number of detainees in hopes of persuading lawmakers that Guantanamo is too expensive to sustain as a prison. [emphasis added]

Given the degree of lameness and ludicrousity in that latter gambit, and the gusto with which The One rules via his pen, his phone, and his putter, is there any reason at all to suppose that he won’t simply issue an imperial decree closing Gitmo and forcing its remaining “detainees” on Senator Gardner’s State and at least one each on the other forty-nine?

It’s already a done deal, folks.  And you’ll know the identity of your State’s detainee; it’ll be impossible to miss….

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Dunno if the White House can get this all done in a month in time for Dependence Day and killing off the fireworks industry at the same time, but is anything too difficult for a “god”?  Heck, he may even postpone eighteen holes for it.