- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, rightly argues that terror suspects at the Guantanamo Naval Base should be left in place (“Keep detainees where they are,” Opinion, May 27). As he put it, “Americans don’t want Gitmo’s terrorists in their neighborhoods and have raised their voices against this unthinkable decision.”

The fact that 1 in 7 of the 534 detainees who have been released has already returned to the fight is further evidence that terrorists should be retained at Guantanamo.

It is a case of putting the cart before the horse. President Obama, in his misguided attempts to reverse the Bush policy on Guantanamo, gave little or no thought to the national security implications that would ensue from closing the detention facility. America’s national security is of paramount importance in this time of war. Closing the facility would undermine the safety of the American people and increase the likelihood of another terrorist attack on American soil. Is it worth the cost? Most definitely not.



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