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Guantanamo Bay and Political "Peanuts"


Dear Mark: You should be a happy camper. The White House stated this week that there are no immediate plans to close Guantanamo Bay. The president promised it would be closed by January 2010. What is taking him so long? — Lost Lib in Liberal

Dear Lost: Seems like a case of campaign rhetoric meets national security reality. It was easy for candidate Obama to sit on the sidelines and take political potshots at President Bush during the 2008 presidential campaign. "Candidate" Obama all but promised that when he closed Guantanamo, the entire world would love the United States again. Now that "President" Obama has the keys to the car and has finally read the country's owner's manual, he's learning that the world is full of huge potholes.

Don't lose faith in your president's partisan liberal credentials, because White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs did manage to blame Republicans when he said, "I think part of this depends on the Republicans' willingness to work with the administration on this." Could it be that al-Qaida not working with the administration is the real problem?

Gibbs also brought up the tired argument that Guantanamo is a recruiting tool for al-Qaida. Memo to Mr. Gibbs: al-Qaida and other radical Islamist groups hated us before Guantanamo Bay was even a twinkle in Bush's eye, and they will continue hating us even if Obama closes the detention camp today.

Dear Mark: Lucy (President Obama) has just pulled the football away from Charlie Brown (conservatives) again. Perhaps Obama lost the tax cuts battle, but within a week, "don't ask, don't tell" was passed and signed into law. The START treaty was approved by Congress and unemployment benefits were extended for another year.

These are all biggies.

I have written my (non) representative and senator so often my wife is beginning to get suspicious. What can a body do other than keep writing? — Mad, Mad, Mad in Missouri

Dear Mad: Continue to apply the pressure on your own representatives, but expand your correspondence to include the politicians of other states, as well. I have never subscribed to the notion that your respective congressman and senators are the only people who represent you in Washington. A Bernie Sanders vote from Vermont impacts you every bit as much as the votes cast by your Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt.

Consider writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Just be sure they are factual and not some Internet manifestation that has circled the globe more times than the space shuttle. It's amazing what kind of debate a good letter to the editor can start.

Attend as many town hall meetings as possible, and be prepared with thoughtful and thoroughly researched questions. Most politicians are uncomfortable with constituents who research the issues. Just take a look at some of the YouTube clips from the Obamacare deliberations. Election campaigns are another area to expend your energy, and volunteers are always needed.

Take heart, though — the stripes of the political football field will change dramatically on Jan. 3, when Republicans take control of the House. The Democrats' majority in the Senate is also smaller, which will help prevent legislation from being rammed across the goal line, as Americans have been subjected to the past two years. Because of these changes, President Obama will now be the player who has to pay attention to who's holding the football when he tries to kick it.

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