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The votes are in: No Gitmo terrorists in our backyards
Brothers Dan and Brian wrote earlier this week about the pushback the Obamanauts are encountering in their efforts to shut down Gitmo and ship the terrorists into the US. It seems that unbelievable assertions such as Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) blathering that terrorists should get the “same due process as our own troops” and that somehow trying to keep terrorists out of America is a slam against corrections officers are beginning to chip away at the public’s willingness to accept a Gitmo shutdown.
I just ran across this April 3rd Rasmussen survey indicating that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to shipping Gitmo terrorists into our country. Seventy-five percent of Americans oppose this terrorist relocation program, with only thirteen percent in favor. In addition, the public overwhelmingly opposes the Gitmo Terrorist Welfare Program proposed by National Intelligence (?) Director Dennis Blair.
Just 36% now agree with the president’s decision to close the prison camp for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba. Forty-six percent (46%) oppose closing the prison camp, and 18% are undecided.
This marks an eight-point drop in support for Obama’s decision since he announced it in late January when voters were almost evenly divided on the issue. Last November, only 32% thought the prison should be closed.
The opposition to shipping Gitmo refugees back to the US appears to be across the political spectrum, although the Democrats continue to show blind allegiance to Obama and his policies.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats agree with Oabama’s decision to shut the Guantanamo prison camp, while 68% of Republicans – and 54% of voters not affiliated with either party – are opposed to it.
But 64% of Democrats agree with 88% of Republicans and 76% of unaffiliateds that Guantanamo inmates should not be released in the United States.
Similarly, 83% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats and 79% of unaffiliated voters say safety is more important than fairness in determining where the terrorist suspects are released.
Missouri Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond came down hard on the Obamanauts in today’s Republican radio address. The Hill reports:
“While President Obama has no plan for what to do with these killers, he has pledged to close the terrorist-detention facility in January to fulfill a campaign promise,” Bond said in the weekly Republican radio address. “This is a dangerous case of putting symbolism over security.”
Bond, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called Obama’s proposal a “ready, fire, aim” strategy.
“When it comes to national security decisions, I prefer aiming before shooting, which is why I keep calling on President Obama to tell us, the American people, how his plan to close Guantanamo will make our nation safer,” he said.
The Leftists continue to position the Gitmo closing as a kindhearted thing to do, to right the wrongs of the eeevil Bush administration and to make up for the cruelty of our tortuous practices (oh, by the way: half of Americans think “enhanced interrogation” is acceptable) . Thankfully, the GOP is reminding Americans of why the terrorists are in Gitmo in the first place, via the video shown in Brian’s post from yesterday. It is worth showing again:
If there is one thing the American public understands, it is what happened on 9/11 and who did it. The Democrats have returned to a 9/10 mentality. We must continue to remind the American people that Obama and the Democrats will not keep us safe with their approach to national security and terrorism. Already, Obama’s troop withdrawals from Iraq are resulting in more American and Iraqi deaths. The shutdown of Gitmo could also result in additional violence against Americans. The Obama administration’s incompetent actions must be stopped, and fortunately the public seems to be figuring this out.