Navy vet: Obama's 'perceived legacy' his priority

Monday, January 9, 2017
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Gitmo signA military veteran and terrorism expert is pleased Gitmo will soon no longer be under Barack Obama's control.

One of President Obama's most high-profile campaign promises back in 2008 was his plan to close the detention facility Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While strong opposition in Congress has blocked him from doing so, he has been able to release numerous detainees, with nearly a third of them returning to terrorism. In fact, 12 former Gitmo prisoners have gone on to kill Americans.

But in the closing weeks of his presidency, Obama is determined to release even more detainees, who have been described as the worst of the worst. Just last week he freed four from Yemen who had suspected terrorist ties to al-Qaida. They had been held at Gitmo for more than 14 years.

CDR Kirk Lippold (USN-Ret.) commanded the USS Cole when it was attacked by terrorists in 2000. He offers his assessment of the president's recent actions.

"I think it's indicative that once again that President Obama is more concerned in creating a perceived legacy for himself than he is in the safety and security of the United States," he tells OneNewsNow.

Calls from left-leaning groups to close Gitmo hold no sway with the Navy veteran.

Lippold

"I really don't care what Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International has to say about this facility," he says. "They're going to believe what they want to believe because they're using it as a fundraising tool, just like the terrorists are – and quite frankly it holds no weight with me."

Lippold is pleased President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to not only keep Gitmo open, but expand its use – and the commander also finds it fortunate that Trump can undo so many bad executive orders that Obama has issued over the last eight years.

According to a recent AP report, the prison's population is now 35, with 19 cleared for release.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Are you ready for Congress to scrap an ObamaCare repeal and move on to something else?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Trump at U.N.: NK's 'rocket man' on a suicide mission
Maria on track for Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
Protests resume after 120 arrests in St. Louis unrest
  Republican governors launch their own news service
Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Is a 'cops and robbers'-themed party racist?
Historically illiterate blacks
Atheists threaten to sue every school district in Arkansas
Check the data, not the media narrative: Police violence against black men is rare (1)
Another city, another riot

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
McCarthy: Trump protecting us from sharia devotees

'It's Islam stupid!' signA terrorism expert says the Trump administration shouldn't shy away from banning Muslims from entering the U.S. if they believe sharia law should reign supreme.