Brennan’s Own Pushback
None of about 48 Guantanamo Bay detainees released or transferred elsewhere by the Obama administration has participated or been suspected of participating in subsequent “recidivist” activity, compared with 20 percent of about 540 detainees released by the George W. Bush administration, according to White House counterterrorism chief John O. Brennan.
“We believe that significant improvements to the detainee review process have contributed to significant improvements in the results,” Brennan said in a letter Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Why not also throw into the mix the administration’s decision to stick the money to close Guantanamo into the Afghanistan war funding, a direct dare to the Republicans to filibuster money for the troops in combat.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Mo.), the Senate GOP leader, is giving a terrorism speech at the Heritage Foundation later this morning. Because when the nation’s security is imperiled, the first words on everyone’s lips are, “Get me Mitch McConnell.”