WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined 14 Senators in introducing a resolution Thursday to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was introduced following the announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sponsored by Sen. Seve Daines (R-Mont.), the legislation was also cosponsored by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Boozman (R-Ark.),Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and David Vitter (R-La.).
“President Obama’s default foreign policy strategy has been to kill off high-ranking ISIL fighters with drones instead of attempting to detain them to glean valuable intelligence information,” Inhofe said. “This has weakened our nation’s ability to more quickly make advancements in the Middle East. Guantanamo Bay has served a purpose in the fight against extreme terrorism, and we should be sending ISIL fighters there so that we can garner better knowledge on their tactics and plans that would impact our national security as well as that of our allies.”
As the United States continues to conduct combat operations against ISIL, U.S. forces are likely to continue capturing terrorists. Guantanamo Bay was established to house individuals who engaged in, aided, abetted or conspired to commit, acts of international terrorism and should be utilized as such as our nation faces a continued threat of terrorism.
Read the full text of the resolution here.