Politicizing Gitmo Demeans 9-11's Casualties

On September 11, 2001, a long planned attack was carried out successfully by fewer than two dozen soldiers of the radical jihadist forces trained and controlled by Osama bin Laden. They died while committing murderous acts against more than 3,000 innocent people that tragic morning, terrifying our nation and much of the world. But the web of support that made that horrific day come to pass is comprised of still very much alive radical terrorists, or their silent sympathizers, in countries all over the world, in safe houses and remote outposts. So when we have 241 or so suspects detained, we must keep them detained. War is hell. We did not start this war. If several innocent men and women end up detained and interrogated inadvertently, while unfortunate, we must accept that they are casualties of a war begun and engendered by radical jihadists, not President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney or other senior officials.

(This is why Cheney, to the dismay and outrage of the left wing media, over the weekend on the CBS program Face The Nation said that the U.S. under Barack Hussein Obama is more vulnerable than at any time since 9-11).

How many innocent people were blown apart in an instant on 9-11? They, too, were casualties of war. The U.S. will ignore the War on Terror at its peril. Obama refuses to utter the phrase, but that is merely a tactic of his ongoing campaign to "remake" America. What matters is whether President Obama and his advisers -- away from the bright lights of public scrutiny -- actually recognize the threat to our way of life that has not gone away since 2001. The battle is waged beneath the radar. So if Obama wants to decry "torture" and Gitmo and all the rest to appease his liberal supporters, so be it. What matters is that the U.S. intelligence community and military remain vigilant, and that detainees remain under imprisonment, whether in Gitmo or elsewhere.

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