by Allen West
As long as you’re at war, you must keep enemy fighters off the battlefield. However, this simple premise of prosecuting combat is something our country’s leadership does seem to not understand. Furthermore, when the enemy forces are non-state, non-uniform belligerents captured on the battlefield, they are classified as unlawful enemy combatants. And finally, it is a proven fact that the recidivism rate of those released is somewhere close to 30 percent.
Therefore this recent news about freed GITMO detainees is not surprising to me. According to Fox News, “As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees — some of whom were released within the last three years — are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.”
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