This is a logical extension of Mr. Obama’s irrationally dangerous obsession with closing the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, but it certainly makes the rational person wonder: why don’t we just bring our troops home, from all over the world? Fox News Reports:
The U.S. military has no plans to hold captured Islamic State operatives for more than a month before turning them over to the Iraqi government, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition based in Baghdad told reporters Friday.
‘Fourteen to 30 days is a ballpark figure, but even that is not really completely nailed down,’ said Col. Steve Warren, a U.S. military spokesman based in Baghdad. ‘There isn’t a hard definition of short-term.
On Thursday, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also made clear that the policy for holding operatives is, at best, evolving. He said they would be handled on a ‘case-by-case’ basis over a ‘short-term’ period.
The lack of a well-defined policy for handling captured ISIS terrorists is in turn raising concerns on Capitol Hill.
Oh, good, good. Let’s review: Isis terrorists are not an army. They do not wear uniforms, nor do they abide by the conventions of war. They are not a signatory to any international agreement on the rules of warfare, nor would they ever sign such an agreement. They are terrorists, brutal, vicious, single-minded, blood-thirsty, barbaric, inhuman terrorists.
Our troops are authorized by the rules of war, by international law, to summarily shoot such scum, or at the very least, if we choose, to imprison them for the duration of hostilities. If that be 500 years, that’s how long we can, entirely legally, hold them.
If we catch and release them within 30 days, or a “short-term’ period,” they will not consider themselves fortunate and change their ways, perhaps by joining the International Red Cross or the Salvation Army. The Iraqis aren’t going to hold them, or as so often happened, they’ll escape. They will kill Americans, or others, and enjoy every second of it.
And what about intelligence? Shouldn’t we be holding these people as long as necessary–say 32 or 33 days–so we can be sure we’ve wrung every bit of actionable, life-saving intelligence out of their rabid little brains? We can shoot or imprison them forever then.
Please, gentle readers, allow me to make that point once more: these inhuman demons are killers. They believe their god compels them to kill us, and they enjoy it. If we let them loose, we’re complicit in their future murders. Well, Barack Obama is, anyway.
Some on Capitol Hill are concerned the vague short-term detention policy hampers the U.S. military’s ability to gather intelligence, particularly in the wake of administration plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Just some? Shouldn’t everyone that took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution—that means America, gentle readers—be concerned about this?
Many in Congress, though, are fighting the Gitmo closure push, and some see the center as the solution for what to do about captured ISIS soldiers.
Gee, why would they think that? Because it’s a perfect facility for that purpose, perhaps? Because it doesn’t expose Americans living in the continental US to additional terrorist attacks? Because we’re fighting a civilizational war, even if Barack Obama doesn’t think so? Because it keeps the worst of the worst in prison where they can’t kill the innocent? Plenty of people forget about that salutary effect of prisons.
When asked about his confidence in the Iraqi government’s ability to hold ISIS prisoners, Warren was absolute.
‘We are confident [the Iraqis] can hold them. If some escape, then we’ll just go catch them again or kill ‘em.
Of course we will. Unfortunately, these vicious terrorists will be armed and determined not to be taken again, and some of our soldiers will likely be wounded or killed because we caught and released them and had to catch them all over again, but hey, this is Obamite policy! What are the lives of a few soldiers compared to the majesty of that? As John Kerry once said, if you don’t get an elite education, you end up as a soldier in Iraq. No loss, right? Well, not to the elite, at least.
Oh, released terrorists might kill other people too before we “catch them again or kill ’em,” but that’s just the breaks. Probably won’t be anyone we know, you know, personally or anything…
Leading from behind.