The Corner

Closing Gitmo

More live-blogging: Obama argues that Gitmo serves as a rallying point for jihadists and al-Qaeda terrorists and that this makes the United States less safe.

Question: How does the president address the fact that al-Qaeda struck and struck persistently before Gitmo?

This suggests that the problem, again, is ideology — and specifically al-Qaeda’s ideology — rather than Gitmo. We will be less secure unless we focus on the ideological problem rather than blaming ourselves.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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