Pushing back on President Barack Obama's pledge to close Guantanamo Bay as global terrorist threats expand, one new lawmaker offered no compromise and tough words before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, The Hill reported.Too bad Obama just doesn't get that...or worse, he DOES get it.
"In my opinion, the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now," said Arkansas' freshman Sen. Tom Cotton as he came down sharply in questioning Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy.
"We should be sending more terrorists there. As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell.
"But as long as they can’t do that, they can rot in Guantanamo Bay," Cotton, a Republican and an Army veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, said, bolstering a hard-line stance against enemy combatants whom he believes should continue to be housed in the Cuban facility — even as the president seeks to close it.
"Islamic terrorists don’t need an excuse to attack the United States," Cotton said, according to The Hill. "They attack us … for who we are."
***This is scary: Experts say Iran is now a nuclear-ready state. I can remember being afraid when I was young and the Cold War was in full swing. I would pray every night that God wouldn't allow a nuclear war to happen. We're right back where we were then.
Regardless of intelligence uncertainties and unknowns about Iran's nuclear weapons and missile programs, we know enough now to make a prudent judgment that Iran should be regarded by national security decision makers as a nuclear missile state capable of posing an existential threat to the United States and its allies.
On Jan. 22, The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran deployed a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe." It was also shown on Israeli television.
Iran's development of an ICBM at this time would be consistent with unclassified U.S. intelligence community reports that in 2013 warned Iran could test an ICBM by 2015.
Iran and others claim the missile is not a military ICBM for delivering nuclear warheads but a peaceful Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) for orbiting satellites.
This is a distinction without a difference.
NOW they're worried about taxpayer interests.
***GOP reveals plan to replace, repeal Obamacare. I don't really have an opinion on this yet because I haven't read it.
***Army Ranger prep course passed by 5 out of 26 women. Think there's a message there?
My personal opinion is that women should not be in combat roles in the military.
***If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result. ~~ John Abrams
***Have a great day!