EXCLUSIVE: Obama Orders Air Strikes on Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON — A series of U.S. predator drone strikes just after dawn this morning killed at least 220 suspected terrorists, many presumed to have ties with al-Qaeda, at the naval detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to two senior White House officials.

“We hit the jackpot,” said one official who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. “We killed a whole damn bunch of them there terrorist sons of bitches,” the source said, the sound of clinking glasses and celebratory gunfire audible in the background.

The strikes come just days after the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest Airlines flight by a 23 year old Nigerian man alleged to have received ineffective crotch bomb training in Yemen. President Barack Obama himself authorized the mission, according to the officials, upon receiving word that nearly half of the men based at the Guantanamo Bay facility were Yemeni nationals, some of whom were suspected of being Muslim and having maintained an interest in herding sheep, possibly in order to recruit them as suicide bombers.

In launching the attack, Mr. Obama has not only diffused a perceived threat to U.S. national security, but he has fulfilled a key campaign pledge to shutter the Guantanamo detention facility, which had become an object of widespread international condemnation. Meeting the pledge had proved difficult, however, in the face of congressional opposition, with GOP lawmakers and centrist Democrats seeking to block the planned release of the Yemeni men housed there to their native country, where they argued it would be more cumbersome and expensive to bomb them.

While the U.S.’s legal authority to imprison men and boys at the Guantanamo detention center has been a matter of some dispute, its right to conduct drone attacks against targets it deems potential threats has provoked little controversy either at home or abroad, at least in countries populated with white people. Indeed, even as Mr. Obama has overseen a significant escalation in drone attacks, authorizing strikes in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, in addition to U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’s received a Nobel Peace Prize, a recognition of his efforts to promote peace through war.

Given international acceptance of the drone attacks, the Obama administration expects the same level of support for today’s strikes, which likewise took place on foreign soil — as it happens, in a country deemed by the U.S. government to be a state-sponsor of terror. As one American official put it, “if we can kill ‘em without trial in Yemen, why the hell couldn’t we do the same a whole heckuva lot closer to our own shores?”

Though questioned by some human rights groups long considered hostile to freedom, the Guantanamo attack has been met with overwhelming praise from those who actually matter, with political analysts predicting a healthy boost in the Mr. Obama’s approval ratings among the general public as well.

“The president has shown that he’s tough, a regular blue collar guy not afraid to throw a few punches and kill a couple hundred bad guys trapped in cages when he needs to, which is really going to help him win those independents come 2012,” said University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato in an interview. “You can’t overestimate the electorate’s hunger for mass killing. Monday Night Football’s got nothing on Shock and Awe.”

Cable news commentators were similarly aflutter with praise for Mr. Obama. “Can’t you just imagine this guy’s masculine musk? I mean, I just want to douse myself in whatever his sweat glands are emitting,” said a visibly aroused Chris Matthews on his afternoon MSNBC program, Hardball.

But not all praised the president’s decision. In a fiery speech on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Mr. Obama’s challenger during the 2008 election, denounced the administration’s approach to the war on terror as timid, “gook league” and lacking in theatrics.

“Why weren’t these men doused in acid and set ablaze amid fireworks and the loud and proud blaring of the national anthem? C’mon,” McCain thundered. “Why was there no consideration of the history books, here — or pay-per-view? And frankly, my friends, why weren’t these men killed the moment our intelligence agencies learned they were actively living in the Middle East?”

A couple of other people also disagreed with the president’s decision, questioning the morality and wisdom of handing one fallible man the unilateral power to order the death of anyone he chooses, but no one really takes them seriously.

Charles Davis is a journalist based in Washington, DC. More of his work may be found on his Web site. Read other articles by Charles.

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  1. antiwar63 said on January 7th, 2010 at 1:33am #

    Caging men on suspicions of a Schizophrenic America is imoral, unjust, and wicked to the nth degree. Schizophrenic America needs special treatment, removal of all its guns, and weapons of mass destruction, including renditions, arms industries and wrapping itself around the flag. Schizophrenic America needs to give community service to the world citizenry for all the hurt, injuries, deaths, environmental damage, infrastructure and post traumatic stress upon future generations. In return, the World will embrace Schizophrenic America and when it is deemed that her Schizophrenic tendicies are “controlled”, the world will smile, the birds will sing, and the sun will shine.

  2. tuffel said on January 7th, 2010 at 5:19am #

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  3. Danny Ray said on January 7th, 2010 at 6:03am #

    I am shocked at the wanton destruction the damned Americans rain down on the world. How much more can those bastards do to the poor people trapped in that hell hole in Cuba, I am just sick that the brave liberation forces of the socialist people of Cuba could not act in time to save those brave Islamic freedom fighters. it would be just like those sick bastards to put people in cages and unleash their war machine on the innocent. Those Americans do not have the guts for a fair fight.

    What sickens me more was the press cover-up, I have searched all across the net and found no reference to the atrocity.

  4. bozh said on January 7th, 2010 at 2:40pm #

    What does God Bless America mean? Does it mean much like Deutschland Ueber Alles or Sieg Heil?
    Of course, other lands can hijack god. But hijacking god by non-nuclear and nuclear powers is not the same thing.
    Poles, czechs, russians found out on own sking what Sieg Heil meant; while indigenes of americas, cubans, iraqis and numerous other peoples tasted and taste now the wrath of god made in america.
    danke, ich war einmal einer der nazi und ich kenne das haus der horror und die terror.

  5. john said on January 8th, 2010 at 4:31am #

    Where is the source of this information?
    Which Cuban newspaper has covered it?

  6. bozh said on January 8th, 2010 at 11:59am #

    Hijacking countries is as american as apple pie. Expect more of that. Nevertheless, such noble activities must be carefully prepared and the right lingo employed before US cld even hijack granada let alone filippines, mexico, iraq, just to mention few of the lucky countries.

    I bet u thought that amirs, beys, kings, aghas, warlords hated the hijacking of their respective countries?
    So, US is not breaking any laws. In fact, US is in kuwait, and elsewhere, to uphod the law and the prophets. Jesus said this also; so, it is quite christian as well. Eat ur hearts all u socialists!

  7. Don Hawkins said on January 8th, 2010 at 3:25pm #

    NEWS—-Two F-16′s were launched today from The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a drunk passenger. Talk of building of a Third Temple on the Temple Mount or maybe a forth. The economy is getting better. Climate change is still a hoax until about 2015. The President of the United States used the word War. Glenn Beck say’s in our universities they are now teaching the teachings of Marxism–Leninism. It was professed that evidence was found towards proving that humans and dinosaurs walked together. The Earth maybe only 8,000 years old a new study. Beam me up Scotty.