Gitmo Detainee Center: Looks like nice marble flooring
WASHINGTON (NY TIMES) — President Trump recently Twitted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!”
Whoa, at first blush, we need to call back Mr. Obama then “lock him up (alongside Hillary Clinton), and then consider giving them a fair trial and due process, right Mr. “T?”
Q: Is Trump’s tweet true?
A: No, what Trump tweeted is false.
So, what is true?
According to the Office of the DNI (Director of National Intelligence) of the total 714 former Guantánamo Bay detainees who have been transferred to other countries as of January 15, 2017, and that dates back to when the George W. Bush administration first opened the prison January 2002, only 121 have been “confirmed to have engaged in militant activity after their release.” So, Trump’s 122 vicious number of off by one vicious number. Then consider this:
The overwhelming majority of those 121 (113 to be factual) were transferred on the Bush watch, not on Obama’s. And, on that note and also factually, about half of them are deemed recidivists who are already dead or back in custody. Why is Trump writing about Guantánamo recidivism today?
Simple, really, because on the Pentagon had announced about our airstrike in Yemen, which targeted a former detainee serving with al-Qaeda in the Yemen branch. He was killed and was known as “Mohammed Tahar” at the time (2007) he was imprisoned in Cuba. He had been repatriated to Yemen in December 2009, under the Obama administration. So, Trump took that little bit of info and ran with it, or in this case, tweeted with it.
So, why did most of the so-called recidivists come from Bush-era releases?
First, most of the former detainees captured in the world departed under Bush; that is 532 of the 714 former detainees who left the prison alive departed under Mr. Bush.
Second, Mr. Bush decided in his second term that, as he wrote in his memoir, “The detention facility had become a propaganda tool for our enemies and a distraction for our allies.” Thus he started trying to close it, but never succeeded.
It is true that in terms of shear percentages, Bush-era releases have been more likely to cause problems than Obama-era releases. For example, about 35 percent of Bush-era transfers are confirmed or suspected of causing problems, while about only about 12 percent of the Obama-era transfers’ fall into one of those two categories, according to the DNI.
My summary: Mr. Trump continues to show he is not fit to be in the office, and especially with his sustained outlandish string of tweets that turn out to be 100% false and in some cases border on legal questions about his defamation of Mr. Obama’ time in office.
Ergo: Donald J. Trump is a habitual liar. He is not held to account for anything he says or does, and especially by those close to him. Thus they all engage in one huge Trump philosophical game of CYA — their coat of arms:
Hence, he feels free to move on to the next tweet, lie, gross exaggeration, or false accusation.
Amazing, isn’t it?