A month or so after President Obama decided to have the federal government buy the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois in order to move terrorists there from Gitmo, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) put out a press release. His opening was spot on:
Once again, the Obama Administration has put the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people.
At the very least, the American people deserve to know how importing these dangerous terrorists and giving them the same rights as U.S. citizens will make us any safer.
Instinctively, the Obama administration went on the defensive. Instead of doing what Boehner suggested, the administration, through beta-male press secretary Robert Gibbs, decided to insult Boehner. Via Jake Tapper:
Continued Gibbs, “I will say this. I have seen some far crazier comments today — comments from people like John Boehner.”
Worse yet, Gibbs said something that has the administration playing into the hands of Osama bin Laden and the other Al Qaeda vermin we are at war with:
“Here’s what I would suggest for John Boehner…Ask them if he can come down and watch a video put out by Al Qaida senior leadership like — the names that we recognize, (Ayman al-) Zawahiri. Thirty-two times since 2001 and four times this year alone, senior Al Qaida leadership in recruiting videos have used the prison at Guantanamo Bay as a clarion call to bring extremists from around the world to join their effort.”
Funny, I don’t remember bin Laden and Al Qaeda citing terrorists being held at Gitmo as one of the reasons they attacked us on 9/11. In fact, the suggestion is impossible; Gitmo didn’t start getting terrorist prisoners until January, 2002, four months after 9/11.
Does this clown, or any of the clowns in the Obama administration (all the way up to President Obama), know what they’ve done?
In ironic hypocrisy, Tapper reported this from Gibbs:
Gibbs called this sort of concern over the safety of Illinois “hyperbole” and “scare tactics” that “we haven’t seen in quite some time.”
The only one engaging in “hyperbole” and “scare tactics” is Gibbs himself. He and the administration are the ones who are cowering in the face of Al Qaeda propaganda.
As an added bonus, the area near Thomson boasts another feature not found at Gitmo [emphasis mine]:
By the way, it’s also recommended that the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station, a neighborly 15 miles away from Thomson, be put into the communications loop.
Gives you a warm-and-fuzzy feeling, doesn’t it?
(Hat tip: Flopping Aces)