Just as everyone suspected, sir, you've signed an executive order, compelling the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison holding terrorist suspects. This order brings to mind many thoughts, not the least of which is, where are you going to place those folks, Mr. President? From your comments today asking if another order was being prepared regarding placement, I'm left wondering, unfortunately. But, I'll just consider that you're very busy and let that slide. I suspect that you have a plan. You know Hannity will be all over it, sir and Olbermann will likely not say a word!
I don't want them anywhere near me, Mr. President. Ask some of the folks who broadly brush the definition of torture to bring them to their areas, sir. I'll bet I know their responses and they would contain some expletives. How about Illinois, sir? What would your former constituents think about that? There are three facilities, although medium security, there. On second thought, don't do that. My sister lives in Illinois and it's my home state. Send them all to France, Mr. President. Didn't they offer today, along with one of the Scandanavian countries? Problem solved.
Your Unofficial Presidential Advisor believes that torture is a bad thing, Mr. President. But therein lies the rub. Defining torture is difficult at best and purely partisan, at worst. When the safety of America and Americans(like my family) is at stake, I think most centrists would define torture with a mid-sized brush. While pulling out someones fingernails, chopping off digits or beating someone to within an inch of his life would be considered torture by all but the purest sadists, something akin to waterboarding, if it prevents an attack on Americans would be worth it to most of us, sir. We're talking about our families and our way of life. With all due respect, Mr. Obama, these people in Gitmo don't care about us, sir. In no way, no shape and no form. They are not reasonable people. That must be taken into consideration when making your decision.
Think about it this way, Mr. President. What will you say to the mother of a child who was killed in a terrorist attack that could have been prevented by waterboarding someone who knew the details of the attack? What would you say, sir? Close your eyes and imagine that conversation. On one hand, there's a innocent dead child who harmed no one. On the other hand is someone who doesn't care and may even celebrate the child's death, but he had to take an aggressive bath. If you can, in good conscience, tell that mother that her child's death was better for America that waterboarding the man who knew the details, then I'm afraid that anything I say here, would be a fruitless endeavor. I understand the concept of triage and "the greater good," Mr. President, but this is a different situation. What will you choose, sir? At least you gave yourself a year.
God bless you, Mr. President. I don't envy your decision.