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June 02, 2009

More Polls...Americans Not As Eager To Shut Gitmo As We've Been Led To Believe

In fact, they seem pretty dead set against it. Who knew?

Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and moving some of the detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn't be closed. By more than 3-1, they oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.

The findings underscore the difficult task President Obama faces in convincing those at home that he should follow through on his campaign promise to close the prison in Cuba, especially in the absence of a plan of where the prisoners would go.

In many parts of the world, however, Gitmo has become a symbol of U.S. arrogance and abuse, and Obama has cited its closure as a way to lay the foundation for better relations. He is scheduled to deliver a major address aimed at the Muslim world on Thursday from Cairo.

Here's my pet peeve....how exactly did Gitmo " become a symbol of U.S. arrogance and abuse"? Maybe it had something to do with all the screeching from people on the left like Obama, Andrew Sullivan and the rest. Gitmo wasn't self-discrediting, it took the work of people opposed to the US taking strong measures to defend itself in the wake of 9/11.

The newest lefty talking point is the General Petraeus wants to close Gitmo and said that we have violated the Geneva Conventions in some unspecified way.

Andy McCarthy takes a look at the General's statements and walks through why there's not much there there.


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