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Do you remember when the Obama administration came into office in 2009 and they attempted to keep their campaign promise to close down the unconstitutional prison system at Guantanamo Bay and either put the prisoners there on legitimate trial or find countries that would accept them for resettlement?
Do you remember how the Republicans howled like maniacs that it was unsafe to bring those prisoners to the United States even if they were locked up in SuperMax prisons with our most notorious criminals, and that letting them resettle in places like Saudi Arabia or Yemen would put them right back on the battlefield where they’d kill our soldiers and plot new terrorist attacks?
Do you remember how Democratic Party leaders like Chuck Schumer collapsed on these issues like a deck of cards and refused to back President Obama?
I know I remember this history. I don’t think I’ve ever been angrier in my entire life. I was angry at the Republicans for their cynicism and cowardice, and I was angry at the Democrats for their weakness and stupidity.
So, how do you think I feel when I wake up on a Sunday morning and read this in my New York Times?
Hundreds of relatives of Islamic State fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp on Sunday morning after Turkish airstrikes hit the surrounding area, an aid group said, deepening the crisis prompted by the Turkish-led invasion of northern Syria.
The escapes raised fears that the attempts to contain affiliates of the militant group were crumbling.
A Kurdish official also said that the flag of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, had been raised in the countryside between the camp in the Kurdish-held town of Ain Issa and the Turkish border, another indication of how the Kurdish authorities were losing control of a region they had freed from the extremists only months ago.
I’m not even saying that I automatically think it’s a terrible thing for the relatives of ISIS fighters to gain their freedom. I’m generally not in favor of punishing people for the sins of their relatives. But this isn’t a situation where each prisoner was carefully vetted, and some put on trial and others released. This wasn’t any kind of deliberative process. It was a decision by the United States to side with the people in the prison against the people who had defeated the ISIS fighters.
The more important point in the above excerpt is that the Kurds are losing control of their own territory and that extremists are re-assembling there and will soon rejoin the battlefield. This is obviously dangerous and not in the interests of the United States, but how many Republicans will go on television and scream that Donald Trump is a secret Muslim and a terrorist sympathizer who hates America and will get us all killed?
Sure, there are plenty of Republicans willing to criticize the abandonment of the Kurds and to argue that it will help ISIS regain their footing, but they don’t try to instill panic in the American people over it. They don’t demand Trump’s birth certificate. They don’t say he deserves to be impeached as a traitor.
Yet, all of those things would make more sense in this case than they made when Obama was simply trying to free the innocent and prosecute the guilty.
I hate Republicans.