As Michael Goldfarb pummels the Obama administration for its epic failure to close GITMO on schedule, as conspicously promised, I feel the need to remind readers what Obama said just a couple of days ago at the UN, when he patted himself on the back for announcing that he would close GITMO.
We know the future will be forged by deeds and not simply words. Speeches alone will not solve our problems — it will take persistent action. For those who question the character and cause of my nation, I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months.
On my first day in office, I prohibited — without exception or equivocation — the use of torture by the United States of America. (Applause.) I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law. Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.
Yea! He congratulates himself for having a plan! One that he’s having a tough time implementing, yet he offers that dubious “achievement” among other dubious achievements as evidence that the “character and cause of the nation” has improved since the dark days of Bush…..
Michael Goldfarb at The Weekly Standard summed it all up with biting sarcasm:
The Post‘s report concludes with this: “In coming weeks, officials say, they expect to complete the initial review of all the files of those held at Guantanamo.” They haven’t even reviewed all the files yet! Marc Ambinder offers this delightful spin on twitter: “GTMO was messy, but it’s gonna close, nearly on time. Obama thinks Craig did yoeman’s work on GTMO. If there’s a problem, it’s not that.” Right. Gitmo is going to close real soon — and at no risk to national security — just after Obama brings peace to the Middle East, adds 40 million uninsured to the system for not a penny more than you’re paying today, talks the North Koreans and Iranians into abandoning the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and wins the war in Afghanistan after tying General McChrystal’s hands behind his back.
Hey, it’s all nothing another speech can’t handle. An Obama speech, alone has been known to raise his poll numbers up five points for an entire weekend.
An aside: Just how many of Obama’s executive orders is he going to violate?
Hat tip: AoSHQ
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The Fox News Special Report panel reacts to Obama’s UN speech. As always, Krauthammer is perfect.