Mark Twain said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince people they’ve been fooled.” Especially, I might add, if the lie is something someone wants to hear.
This is President Barack Obama’s crack. The thrill of lying and then getting away with it feeds his craving habit to always be right whether or not he really is. If you lie, and no one around you ever says you’re lying, your already huge narcissistic ego continues to grow. You feel impervious to fault. You feed off of the adoration and delusions of grandeur.
With Gitmo, Obama never understood or cared about its purpose and necessity. He believed it was unpopular with his base so he promised to close it. Easy enough to say and then sign an executive order soon after taking office in 2009; now, harder than ever to accomplish, yet he’s giving it a good try.
In this photo reviewed by the U.S. military, military personnel walk in the now abandoned Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama is a very patient and determined man. He is willing to accept the closing of Gitmo even probably on the eve of his last day in office. He would be able to say, for posterity, that he closed the enigma of a military detention facility. And that is his goal. His legacy is the mission here, nothing to do with right or wrong, no glance at International law or precedent. It’s all about the base, no terror.
The man continues to deny terrorist activity by Islamists to the point where he will kill an American al Qaeda (Anwar al-Awlaki) abroad by drone and then send a captured foreign terrorist (Ahmed Abu Khatallah) to be tried in U.S. federal court. So far, according to Human Rights First, just fewer than 500 terrorists have been convicted in U.S. federal courts since September 11, 2001, but only just over 300 are currently incarcerated in U.S. federal prisons. Where then are the other almost 200 convicted terrorists? In YOUR neighborhood? Prosecuting terrorists in federal court obviously doesn’t keep us safer or help us win the War on Terror.
A look at the recent unrest in the country attributed to the Ferguson, MO, grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of suspect Michael Brown, and we see an interesting mix of New Black Panthers, Communist Party U.S.A., anarchists, Anonymous members and other fringe groups perpetrating destruction and mayhem.
Could there also be Islamic State members, jihadis, Al Qaeda and Taliban sympathizers on the scene, gauging the police and National Guard response?
In a military operation, before any plans are complete, reconnoiter takes place, and what better opportunity to recon U.S. law enforcement capabilities and procedures than to observe their response to civil unrest. There is a cornucopia of valuable information available from the 24/7 news cycle coverage of Ferguson, providing thousands of hours of video to study in preparation for the next 9/11.
All this and at the same time our lie-addicted president has let loose the Dogs of War. Freed unlawful combatants from Gitmo are returning to battle, and not just as common jihadi’s, but also as LEADERS of our enemies.
They say if you try to make sense out of something that makes no sense you will drive yourself crazy. This seemingly senseless action of releasing enemies back into the fight makes perfect sense if you can see that Obama’s goal has nothing to do with the Global War on Terror and everything to do with keeping a campaign promise and achieving the ideological victory of closing the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Gitmo is in fact the finest military detention facility in the world. Over 600 detainees have been RELEASED, and NONE have been executed, beheaded, hacked to death, blown up or dragged naked and lifeless through the streets, as our enemies have done to our allies and us. The Islamist equivalent is a PILE of HEADS.
Obama’s drug of choice is the lie, which he chases with lying about the lie. This creates a drug induced high that produces the superlative ego that makes him feel impervious to fault. Releasing enemies therefore is the right decision because he made it. Creating a safe haven for illegal aliens becomes legal because he made it so. Obamacare works because he says it does.
The act of saying something is true makes it true.
Under this delusion perfection is possible, and he is the source of perfection.
When we see him looking lost or depressed it is because he’s been too long between scandalous lies. He needs the fix. What we’re witnessing now is the final binge of a junkie. The crescendo of the cacophony of lies and scandals is rising to an unbearable pitch. Why? Because he knows that once the Republican majority Congress convenes after the first of the year it’s going to be “Katie bar the door!”
The recent and near future Gitmo detainee releases are just one of many attempts by him to blitz krieg the political opposition into mass confusion. There are so many things for Congress to fix he hypothesizes, that they will succeed in fixing nothing at all.
The Tea Party will not cooperate with the RINOs, conservatives will disavow moderates, and the religious right will insist their agenda prevail.
It’s a brilliant plan that might just work. Democrats are baiting Republicans into rabbit holes of futility. “Pass Immigration legislation!“ They yell. “Impeach the President!” They dare. The shouts and jeers are nearly deafening. All the while Republicans can’t seem to get out of their own way, and no definitive leader has emerged.
But just like a would-be-champion basketball player on the free throw line, down one point with two shots to make in the final second of the last game, Republicans must ignore the crowd and focus on the shot. Sinking the first shot (coming up with a unified agenda) keeps you in the game, but sinking the second shot (moving that agenda successfully through Congress) gives you the win.
This win by the Republicans would surely send Obama into withdrawal. The curtain concealing the wizard would be drawn open, and the little boy would yell, “The emperor has no clothes!” Knowing Obama, he will not show shame or embarrassment of his revealing and nakedness, but the people will finally see him for who he really is, a lie-addicted egomaniac bent on the destruction of the America we all know and love. The question is: how much destruction will we put up with before we stop him?
I am the author of "Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior," and three times mobilized U.S. Army Reserve Major (Retired). Twitter @mjgranger1
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