Right winger Gary Bauer blew a gasket today and accused President Obama of confirming his worst fears by releasing GITMO detainees into the United States. For good measure Bauer also implied that Obama is sympathetic to Islamic terrorism.
Here is what Holder told reporters yesterday, “We are in the process of looking at all of the files of the people who remain held at Guantanamo so we can individualize determinations as to what should be done with them.” Gary Bauer, President of American Values said, “The first obligation of the government is to keep Americans safe. How can releasing enemy combatants, picked up on foreign battlefields, into American neighborhoods possibly safeguard our security?” This is an interesting point that would be correct if Obama had actually decided to release detainees into America.
Bauer also implied the Obama as a secret Muslim theory, “Americans were concerned when President Obama ordered GITMO closed without any plan for the thugs currently detained there. We were rightly outraged when the Obama Administration followed that up by dropping the charges against the mastermind of the USS Cole bombing, which killed 17 American sailors. Sadly, Attorney General Holder has just confirmed our worst fears.” Now what could Bauer have meant by confirming our worst fears, on one hand he was saying that Obama won’t keep America safe, but he was also bringing back the Obama is a Muslim lie.
Why else would Bauer suggest that Obama is making pro-terrorist decisions if he didn’t think that Obama is some sort of secret al-Qaeda sympathizer? Bauer also talked about America Somali jihadists that are organizing in the United States. What does Somalia have to do with this? Well, Somalia is in Africa, which is where Barack Obama is from according to the far right. Talking about blowing some remarks completely out of proportion, Obama is not going to release all of the detainees into the US.
The question of what to do with the 17 Islamic Chinese detainees, which was never mentioned by Bauer, is what the Obama administration is weighing. The Obama is a secret Muslim whispering campaign is never going to go away, and right wing crazies like Bauer have no idea, just how insane they sound when they talk like this. Obama isn’t Muslim, and he isn’t going to release detainees, who in Bauer’s mind are already convicted terrorists, into the United States. However, for people like Bauer the paranoid delusion is stronger than reality.