A Gitmo 'rehab' center in Yemen?
There is nothing in our recent experience with Yemen going back as far as the Cole bombing that give one confidence in their ability to "reintegrate" al Qaeda types into society. In fact their usual reintegration program consists of a jail break.
The move would help President Barack Obama achieve his elusive goal of closing the controversial US prison.
The issue will be raised for the first time in an international setting on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting in London on Wednesday.
The conference, which will be attended by seven Gulf states, all the G8 foreign ministers, the European Union and World Bank, was called in haste after it was revealed that the Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda had trained the young Nigerian who failed to blow up a US passenger jet on Christmas Day.
It is aimed at consolidating international support for Yemen, which is facing two uprisings as well as al-Qaeda's growing presence, and is likely to set up a Friends of Yemen contact group to oversee aid and coordinate the international community's dealings with Sanaa.
A source close to the Obama administration said the Yemenis had agreed in principle to the establishment of a Reintegration and Risk Reduction Initiative, which would be internationally funded and monitored.
Aimed at steering detainees back into society, it would be modeled on previous efforts in Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
The project has support from within the US state department and is gaining ground among White House advisers, said the source, because it would help the president dig himself out of a large hole created by his pledge to close the prison while trying to avoid releasing terror suspects back into the militant fold. Having missed his Jan 22 deadline to close the detention centre, as things stand Guantanamo is unlikely to shut this year.
This looks like more goo-goo liberalism trying to cover up Obama's screw up last year when he announced he was going to close Gitmo. These guys will say what they have to say until they can become al Qaeda reinforcements again. Why are we willing to take a chance on the intentions of terrorist?