President Obama is so desperate to clear out the prison at Guantanamo Bay before his term is up, the hand-picked board he selected to decide on the release of inmates there is making them sound more like candidates for Miss Congeniality than masters of murder.
The release of five top Taliban commanders for suspected Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl announced May 30 is only the latest twist in Obama’s years-long effort to close the prison that libs love to loathe, according to a piece published in Sunday’s New York Post.
In 2011, Obama established the Periodic Review Board, a panel to determine which prisoners are eligible for release from Gitmo. Since the goal is pleasing Obama’s lefty base rather than making sure terrorists aren’t running loose to kill Americans willy-nilly, its standards are pretty liberal – to say the least.
As a defense lawyer told Al Jazeera last year, “The Periodic Review Board is likely to be predisposed to approval to transfer because the idea here is to close down Guantanamo.”
The board found one prisoner, captured while fighting in Afghanistan in 2001 and a ringleader in prison riots since, looks promising because he’s is now into yoga and self-help magazines and likes to read about the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King Jr.
Another is A-OK because he wants to start a “milk and honey farm” in Yemen. He might have been Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard back in the day – we all were young once — but he’s really just a peaceful farmer at heart.
Another bin Laden bodyguard used to boast of his commitment to jihad but now just wants to take over the family’s “fruit and vegetable business” in Yemen.
All three are cleared for release, the Post reports.
Of the prisoners released from Gitmo so far, according to the Post article, roughly a third have gone back to the battlefield, trying to kill American soldiers, allies and innocent civilians with the misfortune to have been born in the same place and time as some seriously evil Muslim terrorists.
So, which of these that Obama’s board has deemed to no longer be a threat to the United States will be the one shouting “Allahu Akbar” on the next beheading video?
We’ll find out soon enough. And Obama will say it’s all Bush’s fault.