How many times has Obama said Gitmo was a major Al-Qaeda recruitment tool… The “biggest propaganda weapon for many of these extremists”?
“We can regain the moral high ground in the battle against these terrorist organizations. There is no bigger propaganda weapon for many of these extremists than pointing to Guantanamo and saying that we don’t live up to our own ideals.”
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD has reviewed translations of 34 messages and interviews delivered by top al Qaeda leaders operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan (“Al Qaeda Central”), including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri, since January 2009. The translations were published online by the NEFA Foundation. Guantanamo is mentioned in only 3 of the 34 messages. The other 31 messages contain no reference to Guantanamo. And even in the three messages in which al Qaeda mentions the detention facility it is not a prominent theme.
When was the last time we’ve had a president who was so fundamentally wrong on so many issues?