Obama has no answer for what to do with captured terrorists

Fox News:
The U.S. military has no plans to hold captured Islamic State operatives for more than a month before turning them over to the Iraqi government, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition based in Baghdad told reporters Friday.

“Fourteen to 30 days is a ballpark figure, but even that is not really completely nailed down,” said Col. Steve Warren, a U.S. military spokesman based in Baghdad. “There isn’t a hard definition of short-term.”

On Thursday, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also made clear that the policy for holding operatives is, at best, evolving. He said they would be handled on a “case-by-case” basis over a “short-term” period.

The lack of a well-defined policy for handling captured ISIS terrorists is in turn raising concerns on Capitol Hill.

“The law requires a comprehensive detainee policy,” a congressional aide said. “By definition, ‘we’ll figure it out if we ever capture anyone’ is not a comprehensive policy. “

Some on Capitol Hill are concerned the vague short-term detention policy hampers the U.S. military’s ability to gather intelligence, particularly in the wake of administration plans to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Gitmo would be a handy place to hold them while interrogating them.  It is a mistake top try to close it in the first place.  This is another example of faculty lounge liberalism meeting the reality of the real words and coming up empty.


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