White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called out Ohio Rep. John Boehner as “insane” for showing concern for eventually closing Gitmo and instead imprisoning man-caused disaster suspects in the US.
Why does Gibbs claim Gitmo should be closed? Because Al Qaeda is using it in recruitment videos.
Here’s Gibbs’ reasoning, via Jake Tapper at ABC:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will say this. I have seen some far crazier comments today — comments from people like John Boehner. Here’s what I would suggest for John Boehner. Call up Leon Panetta or Denny Blair at the CIA or the director of national intelligence. Ask them if he can come down and watch a video put out by Al Qaida senior leadership like — the names that we recognize, (Ayman al-) Zawahiri. Thirty-two times since 2001 and four times this year alone, senior Al Qaida leadership in recruiting videos have used the prison at Guantanamo Bay as a clarion call to bring extremists from around the world to join their effort.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Wow. And I suppose Gibbs’ solution to Charles Manson would have been to shut down the Beatles, and later he’d have prevented President Reagan from getting shot by locking John Hinckley Jr. in a house next door to Jodie Foster.
In any case, RNC Chairman Michael Steele released this statement to ABC in response to Gibbs. Heh heh:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I look forward to seeing hordes of violent Jihadists lay down their AK-47s in response to the news that our terrorist prison is moving from the Caribbean to AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heartland, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not holding my breath. In the meantime, the White House still has not explained how bringing these terrorist killers to this country and giving the same rights as citizens will make the American people safer.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I’ll tell you who’s making the American people safer: Darth Gibbs, that’s who!