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Bond: Bush’s ‘Tragic Mistake’

Sen. Kit Bond (R., Mo.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, tells National Review Online that the Bush administration made a “tragic mistake” when it released terrorist detainees to foreign nations for repatriation. Bond’s comment came in response to recent reports that several detainees released from Guantanamo Bay during the Bush-era claim responsibility for the bombing attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Bond says it’s crucial for President Obama to learn from Bush’s mistakes and to “rethink” his policy on releasing detainees. “It’s time for him to move away from campaign rhetoric and deal with the facts,” he says.

In recent days, Bond and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the senior Democrat on the intelligence committee, have urged the White House to halt the transfer of Gitmo detainees to Yemen. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.), and Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) have also sent a letter to President Obama asking him not to transfer detainees to Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that the U.S. is plotting retaliatory strikes in Yemen against al-Qaeda. The Washington Post reports that Yemeni forces have already raided an al-Qaeda hideout and “set off a gunbattle Wednesday as the government vowed to eliminate the group that claimed it was behind the Christmas bombing attempt on a U.S. airliner.”

For more, visit NRO’s On The News.

Robert Costa was formerly the Washington editor for National Review.

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