June 2, 2009, - 12:57 pm

Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans Say “Don’t Close Gitmo!”

By Debbie Schlussel
You didn’t need a USA Today/Gallup poll to tell you that the vast majority of Americans oppose closing the U.S. Navy detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba You didn’t need a poll to tell you that we don’t want Islamic terrorists on our soil.
All you needed was to look at the vote, a few weeks ago, in which all but six far-left Democrat U.S. Senators voted to withhold funding from Barack Hussein Obama in his efforts to close Gitmo.
My question is, where the heck were these 65% of Americans in the election in November of last year? Well, I guess they really weren’t given much of a choice, since John McCain–just like Obama–campaigned on the idea of closing Gitmo.

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Still, it’s staggering to note that more Americans oppose closing Gitmo than voted for Obama–more than two to one. It just goes to show how fickle and skittish Americans are . . . or how stupid, since they clearly are afraid of Islamic terrorists on U.S. soil, yet they voted the most Islamo-friendly jerk possible into the White House.

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.

And of course, USA Today took this poll as yet another opportunity to bash America and accuse us of “fear.” We should be fearful. And, sadly, we aren’t . . . not nearly enough.

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. . . .
“Coming up on eight years after Sept. 11, fear remains, and fear is politically potent,” says political scientist Paul Freedman of the University of Virginia, who studies public opinion. “When it comes to the issue of terrorism ‚Ķ people are inclined to err on the side of that fear.”
Former vice president Dick Cheney said Monday that Obama made “a mistake” in promising to close the facility by the end of the year.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” he said at a National Press Club luncheon, given the reluctance of U.S. allies and citizens to accept its prisoners. “These are bad actors. These are the worst of the worst.” . . .
In the survey, Americans were inclined to accept the argument by Cheney and former president George W. Bush that the detention center had made the United States safer.

Last, but not least, here’s the money quote:

By 40%-18%, they said the prison had strengthened national security rather than weakened it.
Those who want the prison to remain open feel more strongly on the subject that those who want to close it. A 54% majority of those polled say the prison shouldn’t be closed, and that they’ll be upset if the administration moves forward to close it.

Sadly, not upset enough in November 2008.

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4 Responses

Given that both presidential candidates had nearly identical views about Gitmo, the Palestinian issue, Iran, etc, Americans may be forgiven for wondering what they didn’t have in common. If a true conservative had ran for the White House last year, so many Americans wouldn’t be upset today.

NormanF on June 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Debbie – I hate to say this but I actually laugh a little when I read and hear comments expecting other people or organizations (i.e. the UN) to do the right thing (or expressing surprise for them not having done the right thing). The last Presidential vote was a perfect example.
The last election should have been entirely about protecting us from Islamofacism. No other issues even matter if we are not protected. 9/11 was not that long ago. Yet everyone voted the economy (and they even got that wrong but that is another issue).
I was very upset and disappointed in the results, but not in the least bit surprised.
It has been said that the Constitution is not a suicide pact. If that is in fact a legally binding premise, then we need to push to make sure certain people are not allowed to vote. If it is not a legal premise, we are in BIG trouble.
Remember that the Constitution does not give anyone the right to vote for President. Leaving aside that no on actually votes for President anyway (most of us vote for a list of electors), the framers left the decision on voting for electors to the State legislatures since they did not trust the people (They also forced the Legislatures to choose Senators, it took an amendment to let the people vote). It is the State legislatures that have given us the privilege (it is not a right) to vote in Presidential elections. Perhaps the framers knew something.

i_am_me on June 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Ya know…
If the O’Bama Administration wants to correct their perceived “lack of due process” at Guantanamo, they can do so WITHOUT closing the place. I mean… that’s if they really want to correct that problem.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm

When the Obamessiah made his campaign promise to close Gitmo, it was, like so many other things in the cmapaign, an action wihtout a plan. All the left leaning bleeding hearts with short memories endorsed it, loved it, nurtured and cherished the idea, supporting the pervelent concept of “Bad, bad America”.
However, when the reality hits home, NIMBY (not in MY backyard) takes over. Oh my gosh! The Euros we so adore for their own form of elitism and arrogance, wont’ take them. We cant send some of them home because the Chinese will kill and torture them..oops… perfrom enhanced interrogation on the…. and that means… THEY’LL BE IN MY BACKYARD!
isnt’ it wonderful how facing reality can chang the idealist into the pragmatist in short order?

Mistress_Dee on June 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

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