With the closing of the prison at Guantanamo there seems to be a lot of controversy about what to do with the prisoners. I say bring them here. A predominately red state that supported the policies that took us to war and the war itself from inception. A state that continued support through the last election. Over the last 6 years I have seen signs, slogans, bumper stickers, and magnetic ribbons all claiming support. What do our local politicians say about this?
"President Obama's decision to shut down Guantanamo Bay could have a devastating impact on our national security " says Jim Inhofe. Frank Lucas parrots the sentiment. Somehow following the values and morals expressed in our founding documents will threaten national security.
Or Dan Boren "its unacceptable" to even consider it. Don't even talk about it Hush, Hush, everyone.
Mary Fallen and John Sullivan make a point of emphasizing the threat to Oklahoma, that we will now be a target. We have several military bases, we have industries that support the military, we have universities used as research sites, all of which should have been considered targets at least since April 19th 1995. I have never seen any suggestions by our legislators to move any of these to other places. Quite the opposite is true. Any place could be a target, I would think if anyone understood this it would be Oklahomans.
"Do we really want people like Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the kingpin of the 9/11 attacks...... where some of their al-Qaida friends might try to rescue them?" says Mary Fallen. Are any of these prisoners really that relevant that there would be breakout attempts at highly secure facilities?
Well folks it is about time to do more than shout slogans or attach bumper stickers; time to 'drop the not in my backyard' mentality. Our troops are doing their part how about us?