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Obama to Castro: “Close Gitmo”

When Senator Feinstein’s committee released a report about the interrogation tactics at Gitmo, I wondered, as many other people have, why her committee released her report without talking to the person who developed the protocol and supervised the implementation? Why now, when these interrogation tactics were stopped at least 6 years ago. Why now?

I got my answer on Tuesday, when the President announced an agreement to end the embargo with Cuba. I believe that Feinstein new what was going on in Canada in the secret talks, and she needed to give the President cover, so he could turn over control of Gitmo to the Cubans and let the Cubans release the terrorists prisoners.

The President has not had a foreign policy success in his term and normalizing relations with Cuba will give him a notch on his belt. At the same time by having the Cubans releasing the Terrorist the President has fulfilled a 2008 campaign promise to close Gitmo.

I believe it will take some time for this to come out in the media, but it will come out. I raised this issue in two radio interviews this past Wednesday evening and again on Thursday afternoon. Last night on Fox news Megyn Kelley made a passing comment about the agreement and the ability for the Cubans to close Gitmo, but she did not tie the two events together as I have, but I believe she and others will connect the two events.

The President has stated that he does not believe that he needs congressional approval to sign the deal with Castro. He made comments about the 50 years of embargo didn’t work and we need a new approach. If we can just talk with each other we can solve our differences. There was no discussion as to what Cuba is contributing to the deal. Based on early reports it appears they are doing nothing. The fact that we are making all the concessions tells me that the President wanted something really bad in order to give everything away. What he wants is for Castro to justify Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize by agreeing to normalize relations between our two nations and close Gitmo.

The impression of Gitmo in the world is that it is a terrible place and if Obama can get the Cubans to close it, he reinforces the justification of the Peace Prize. Can the congress do anything? The normalization of relations is not a formal treaty so it does not need to be ratified by the Senate. The question is will the new Senate call it a treaty and demand the right to approve? I hope so, but I doubt it will happen. Some Senators will complain, but nothing will happen.

So, the President and Senator Feinstein have deceived the American people to further a campaign promise to close Gitmo and we are being sold a bill of goods by the administration that it is good for us and it is good for the people of Cuba. There is a reason things have not changed in Cuba for the 50 years of the embargo, that reason is that the leadership is oppressing its people and they have not demonstrated any desire to change and this recognition requires no changes on their part. This is just another example of a misguided and naïve administration focusing on one thing, “Please Mr. Castro Close Gitmo.”


Dan Perkins

Dan Perkins is a novelist who has written a trilogy on a terrorist attack against the United States. The Brotherhood of the Red Nile series is available at Amazon.com. Mr. Perkins book web site is www.danperkins.guru.

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