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"A sad chapter in American history..."
"A misguided experiment...."
(Obama, not Gitmo)
Standish uneasy about Guantanamo relocation plan:
Standish -- This small community on Saginaw Bay desperately needs a white knight to save nearly 300 jobs that will be lost under the planned shutdown of the local state prison."...or to Kansas." Uh oh ToTo!
But suspected terrorists aren't necessarily what many had in mind.
The White House this weekend floated the possibility of sending 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters imprisoned at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility or to Kansas.
What could possibly go wrong with this great plan? It would allow Obama to keep his campaign pledge of closing Club Gitmo, it would provide a distraction from the focus on the horrible truths of his healthcare plan, while at the same time creating 300 prison jobs! Saginaw Bay isn't more than a mortar shell away, where the islamo-fascists could enjoy a little R&R with occasional junkets to the sun, surf and sand.
Apparently, some in Standish are a little standoff-ish with this plan. I may have a solution.
My hometown of Flint has been in the news recently for the "shrinking cities" proposal whereby nearly vacant neighborhoods would be razed to downsize the footprint requiring services. The libs even tried to blame Rush Limbaugh for wanting to "bulldoze the city". You might say that the loss of 70,000+ GM jobs since our heyday has left a few homes unoccupied. Well I say turn those bulldozer clunkers in for cash, Flint! Don't level a single house when they could be used as dorms for these Guantanamo expatriots.
It's not like the streets could get any more dangerous, and these terrorists would be providing the necessary fuel for Flint's new Biogas plant that converts human waste into fuel. What synergy! Just think of these guys like you do the prestine waters of the Colorado River that fuels the Hoover dam.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, doesn't like the idea. His response in an issued statement says in part that "the Gitmo facility was built for a specific type of prisoner with unique challenges. They are some of the most dangerous people in the world who pose a major threat to U.S. national security."
Hoekstra: "We need to preserve jobs in Michigan, but turning our state into a terrorist penal colony is not how to attract new families and business investment."
Hey, nobody said anything about a nude beach Mr. Hoekstra! That's just more of that rightwing propaganda!
Possibly the most asinine quote is towards the end of the article:
"Standish residents realize that importing convicts -- from anywhere -- may be a stop-gap measure. But it could buy some time to develop alternatives, such as ramped up tourism."
Nothing says "Wally World" to me like barbed wire and bearded terrorists.