It seems the Obama administration is beginning to see that transferring Yemini Gitmo detainees back to Yemin is indefensible if it is going to take defending this nation seriously:
The U.S. will not transfer any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Yemen right now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
Ninety detainees in Gitmo are from Yemen, which is combating a resurgent Al Qaeda.
Alleged Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is also said to have gotten training in Yemen before carrying explosives on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. His attempt to detonate the bomb was foiled when his device malfunctioned and he was tackled by a passenger.
“One of the very first things Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula used as a tool was Gitmo,” Gibbs said. “We’re not going to make transfers to a country like Yemen that they’re not capable of handling (the detainees). While we remain committed to closing the detention facility, the determination has been made that right now any additional transfers to Yemen is not a good idea.”
The White House is still using the failed argument that Gitmo encourages terrorism against this country, as if it was all cookies and milk before we started using it. 9/11 happened before we opened Gitmo. So did the attacks on the USS Cole in 2000, the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and the World Trade Center in 1993. Al Qaeda and its like minded jihadis have been at war with us years before we started using Guantanamo Bay to house terrorists.