Since he’s busy helping re-stock al Qaeda as he recklessly empties out Club Gitmo, the clown running around talking about broadband Internet and paid sick leave (the important issues of our time) hasn;t bothered to give any thought what to do with ISIS captives. Might want to give it some thought, perhaps.
As President Obama and Republicans fight over detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a new concern is brewing: What to do with extremists captured in the new fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria?
The Obama administration has lately been in a rush to bypass Congress and empty Guantanamo by executive order, releasing or transferring 44 detainees in the past 18 months. The prison’s population is down to 122 — the lowest since it opened on Jan. 11, 2002. Meanwhile, Obama has opted for a policy of killing suspected terrorists and has sent the few who have been captured during his time in office to civilian courts.
Lawmakers are waiting to see what the White House proposes before acting on a new authorization to use military force that could also provide a legal basis for holding captured Islamic State fighters.
“We will submit language after we’ve had an opportunity to consult with members of Congress to maximize the likelihood that we’ll be able to get both Democratic and Republican support for the bill,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
A White House spokeswoman would not address the specific question of how any proposal might address detainees, referring reporters to the Pentagon.
“We do not have plans to detain anybody for an extended period of time under the current authorization,” Army Lt. Col. Myles Caggins, a Pentagon spokesman for detainee policy, said.
Obviously the optimal solution is killing these subhuman scumbags so this doesn’t become a problem, but still, can we have a contingency plan?
Any suspected Islamic State fighters who come into U.S. hands would only be held long enough to transfer them to Iraqi custody, he said.
Oh sure, that should work.
“Based on our current advisory role for Operation Inherent Resolve, the Defense Department does not expect or have the authority to conduct any long-term detentions in Iraq,” he said.
But experts say it’s unrealistic to suggest that the United States won’t need some process in the future for holding captured enemy fighters, even if the administration overcomes GOP opposition and shutters the prison at Guantanamo.
Meanwhile, despite a recent bump in the polls that coincided with his extended vacation. Obama is already looking extremely weak when it comes to fighting terror. The fact he can’t even call terrorists terrorists isn’t helping.
President Obama’s public approval rating has dropped to just 37 percent, with 55 percent disapproving of his job performance, according to the first Reuters/Ipsos political tracking poll of the year.
The poll clashes with Gallup, which last had Obama at a 46 percent approval rate. During the period, the president was hit for not sending an important member of his team to the protests in Paris over recent al Qaeda terrorist killings.
Worse, with the GOP in charge of Congress, more say that the Republicans “have better plans on the economy, taxes and foreign policy than do Democrats,” said the newly released poll.