Yemeni Terrorists Enjoy Safe Haven Because Of Democratic Political Agenda

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Jan 04, 2010 9:21 AM
After a volatile Al-Qaida threat closed down the U.S. and British embassies in Yemen, Republicans and some Democratic lawmakers are clamoring to cut off the transfers of Guantanamo Bay prisoners into the country.

It makes sense; if a terrorist's home base is a place where he can most easily do his dirty work, why put him back in the thick of it? Unfortunately, President Obama's counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, refused to reconsider the transfers.

Why? Brennan and the high brass won't do anything that delays their coveted plans to close down Guantanamo Bay prison, which is a campaign promise from President Obama. The transfers could also be untouchable because of strong political pressure against moving suspected terrorists to U.S. prison facilities, meaning that there's nowhere else to put them when they leave Guantanmo. But in light of the current security situation, is it not advisable to at least delay the implementation of the Democrats' precious agenda, and delay the transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo, until the situation is resolved? Closing down an embassy is serious business, and it clearly requires some reevaluation of our pre-determined foreign policy plans.

Half of the ninety or so Yemenis who are currently being housed in Gitmo are slated to move back to their terrorist-friendly hometowns. The rest will be prosecuted in court.