The Corner

Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s “All-Stars.”

On the continuing controversey over what to do with Guantanamo prisoners:

Well, it tells us how serious of an issue it is and how dangerous the release of these gentlemen is.

I have a friend who when he wants to end a dinner party, says “You don’t have go home, but you can’t stay here.” And that’s Obama on the Gitmo prisoners. He doesn’t want them in Guantanamo. He pledges it will close. He has received a resounding message from the Senate today, 90-5, that they can’t go into the United States.

The Europeans won’t take them. The host countries will not take them. Saint Helena needs refurbishing. Elba didn’t work out the first time. And Devil’s Island is now a tourist destination.

There is nowhere except Guantanamo.

Obama is going to give a speech tomorrow, and I have no idea how he squares the circle.

Either he rolls the Democrats in the House and Senate who are scared about this issue because it puts in question seriousness about national security, either he rolls them and gets agreement to construction or reconstruction of a super max prison dedicated entirely to Guantanamo terrorists, or he gets rolled, and he reverses on Guantanamo, and perhaps extends his deadline indefinitely.

On Iran test-firing a missile capable of striking Israel:

Well, the timing is interesting. I think, in part, it’s Iran just continuing a program in which it wants to overhaul the region. It’s showing how it is advancing unrelentingly on the technology of the weaponry, the nukes themselves, and, here, the means of delivery.

But secondly, it has to deal with the launching of the Iranian presidential campaign. The president of Iran, who is running against moderates, is making a statement in a case here…. He is making — the moderates arguing against him that all of these provocative measures in the past and now would threaten relations with the world and isolate Iran.

And what does he say? Look what’s happened. I did all of these measures advancing our program, ignoring and provoking America, and what do we get in return? An administration with an outstretched hand that’s going to open negotiations and wants to relieve our isolation.

So he says that the program I supported of aggressiveness and not stopping in the face of criticism abroad is giving us, a, a program of nukes, and, b, acceptance in the world and acquiescence by the United States.

It is quite an argument, and this is a punctuation mark on that argument.

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