March 11, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today attended the SASC hearing with Gen. Victor Renuart, Jr. and Gen. Douglas Fraser to discuss national security matters including the condition of the United States missile defense system and the future consequences of closing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).
“I agree with Gen. Renuart that we must make missile defense a top priority to ensure our national security,” said Inhofe. “However, I am dissatisfied with President Obama’s strategy and find it unacceptable that we will not field a long range missile defense capability in Europe to protect the east coast of the United States until some date after 2018. This leaves our nation at greater risk as other countries continue to develop and field long range missiles.”
Inhofe continued, “Closing Gitmo would be a grave mistake as there is no positive outcome from moving detainees into the United States. If terrorists are allowed accessed into this country they will automatically gain constitutional rights reserved for US citizens and fall within the jurisdiction of the federal courts where they could potentially be released on American soil. Gitmo is a secure location where detainees are not a threat to the US or our allies. It is the detainees who have created the false image of Gitmo that is negative, not the conditions, facilities, or actual treatment of detainees at there. These terrorist detainees will attempt to create that same image at any facility used to detain them in the future.”