Ted Cruz Just Revealed What He Thinks Obama REALLY Wants To Do With Guantanamo Bay

During a campaign stop in Nevada on Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz opined on President Barack Obama’s true motivations behind closing Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. In an attempt to make good on a key campaign promise, Obama announced this week that he will be shuttering the center, which has housed terror suspects since 2002.

Beyond the administration’s assertion that GTMO is too expensive to operate and has been used as a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations, Cruz thinks Obama has another reason for wanting to abandon the facility.

“I believe that President Obama intends to try to give the Guantanamo naval facility to Raul and Fidel Castro as a parting gift,” the Texas senator said.

After taking steps to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S., Obama is set to become the first sitting American president to visit the communist nation since Calvin Coolidge’s 1928 trip. If Obama does plan to cap off his second term by bestowing Cuba with a valuable gift, Cruz said the move would not be unprecedented.

“Four decades ago,” he said, “Jimmy Carter gave away the Panama Canal. We built it, we paid for it, and then a feckless left-wing president gave it away to undermine this country.”

Cruz punctuated the historical reference by issuing a warning to Obama, emphatically informing the president he does not “have the authority to give away vital military assets.”

No matter the impetus, Cruz insisted that shutting down GTMO is a dangerous and insulting move.

“How on earth does any president look in the eyes of a mother or father whose son or daughter lost his life capturing these terrorists,” he wondered, “and justify we’re going to release them again when we know a very high percentage of them are going to return to waging jihad, to try to murder innocent Americans and the next American is going to look into the eyes of another father or mother and say their son is going to go have to get them?”

Mr. President, You Owe America An Apology

“We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices,” President Obama told an audience four years ago at the University of Miami.

Like this year, it was an election year, and Obama was running for re-election.

Later in his speech, he added: “Anybody who tells you that we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth.” He scoffed at the Republicans for believing that drilling would result in $2 gasoline—remember, this was when prices at the pump, in many places, spiked to more than $4 a gallon. “You can bet that since it is an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas. I’ll save you the suspense: Step one is drill, step two is drill, step three is drill.”

Well, Mr. President, you owe America, and the Republicans, an apology. Your snarky comments were wrong. The Republicans’ supposed three-point plan, which you mocked, was correct.

Today, on the four-year anniversary of another of Obama’s inaccurate predictions, we have drilled our way to $2 gas—despite the fact that he has supported the anti-fossil-fuel movement’s efforts to impede and block oil production. In fact, due to American ingenuity and initiative that successfully combined horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, we are producing so much, it has resulted in a global glut of oil and a national average gasoline price of $1.70.

He bragged: “Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.” True, but not because of Obama’s support. A Congressional Research Service report released last year found that since fiscal year 2010, oil production on federal lands is down by 10 percent, while it is up 89 percent on state and private lands. Obama aligns himself with those who want to “keep it in the ground”—who count his “no” decision on the Keystone pipeline as their biggest victory to date.

He then launched into his requisite rhetoric on renewables: “The United States consumes more than a fifth of the world’s oil. But we only have 2% of the world’s oil reserves. That means we can’t just rely on fossil fuels from the last century. … Because of investments we’ve made, the use of clean renewable energy in this country has nearly doubled. … As long as I’m President, I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China.”

Wait! Wind and solar do not reduce our need for oil. Wind turbines and solar panels do produce electricity—albeit ineffectively, inefficiently and uneconomically. But we do not have an electricity shortage. We do not import electricity. Automobiles run on gasoline made from oil—for which the president’s new budget includes a $10 a barrel tax that translates to about 24 cents per gallon.

Four years ago, in Miami, he said: “…high gas prices are like a tax” straight out of everyone’s paycheck. Yet today, he wants to increase the nearly $.45 a gallon we currently pay in taxes to $.69.

Obama’s false, “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices” prediction was made during an election year. This election year is a good time to be reminded that, without government “investment,” we did drill our way to lower gas prices. At the same time, taxpayer-supported renewable projects continue to go bankrupt and be shuttered—taking with them our money and the jobs they were supposed to create.

Yes, Mr. President, you owe America an apology.

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc., and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

BREAKING: Senate Just Defied Obama In HUGE Way With Massive Decision That’ll Have Him Furious

The Senate’s GOP leadership said Tuesday there will be no hearings or votes for a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia this year.

The announcement came following a closed-door meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell’s office with key leaders, including those on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Presidents have a right to nominate just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent,” McConnell said. “In this case, the Senate will withhold it.”

“We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment rather than a lame duck president,” Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid charged McConnell was taking his orders from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called on Republican leadership to “delay” moving on any Scalia replacements.

“That’s exactly what the Republican leader is doing: Delay, delay, delay,” Reid said. He angrily added that “333 days isn’t enough to do the work that we do ordinarily do in 67 days.”

So far, most of the Republican senators appear to be toeing the line, with the exceptions of moderate Sens. Mark Kirk from Illinois and Susan Collins from Maine, who have both stated there should be a vote on President Obama’s nominee.

As reported by Western Journalism, Reid stated in May 2005 that it is fully within the Senate’s prerogative not schedule a vote on presidential nominees. “The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has the duty to give a presidential nominee a vote,” he contended from the Senate floor.

In 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued that the Senate should not forward on Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process,” Biden contended. 

Both Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer voted to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination in 2005, and Schumer called on the Senate not to approve any of President George W. Bush’s possible nominees to the high court during his last 18 months in office, except under “extraordinary circumstances.”

h/t: Talking Points Memo

People Instantly Noticed This One Thing Behind Obama During Gitmo Speech

Today is a day that some say will forever be etched in our nation’s history.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a plan that he will present to Congress in regards to shutting down the Guantanamo Bay military prison stationed within the Guantanamo Bay Military Base.

However, what was most intriguing about the president’s announcement today was not what was said, but rather what was behind him.

Mark Knoeller, CBS News’ White House correspondent, tweeted the following prior to Obama arriving at the podium:

“Pres making Gitmo statement under portrait of TR, who signed initial least agreement for Gitmo 113 years ago today,” he said.

“I don’t want to pass this problem on to the next president, no matter who it is,” Obama said in his statement. “This is about closing a chapter in our history.”

Obama is “absolutely committed” to closing the facility in Guantanamo Bay.

“Let’s go ahead and get this thing done,” the president said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was quick to respond to the president’s remarks today, tweeting, “Mr. President: It is against the law-& will stay against the law-to transfer terrorist detainees to American soil.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not say if Obama plans to use executive action should Congress reject his Gitmo plan. If the president does plan on using an executive order, it will surely stir much controversy in his final year in office.

Listen: Ben Carson Just Pulled The ‘Race Card’ On Obama With 2 Words – Immediately Ignites Firestorm

Ben Carson, in an interview over the weekend, contended that while Barack Obama is the first African American president, he lacks a true knowledge of the black experience because he was “raised white.”

Politico’s Glenn Thrush asked Carson what his feelings were when Obama became president. “Let’s just stop it at Jan. 20, 2009, right? Was that significant for you? As somebody who sat and watched that – I was there. I was in the crowd. It was a pretty interesting moment in American history. Did you derive any joy out of that, any sense of pride? How did you process that” the reporter asked.

“I did not—I mean like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color barrier when he was elected, but I also recognize that his experience and my experience are night and day different. He didn’t grow up like I grew up by any stretch of the imagination – not even close,” Carson said.

The candidate, who was raised in the inner-city of Detroit by a singer mother, elaborated stating though Obama is “an ‘African’ American. He was, you know, raised white. Many of his formative years were spent in Indonesia. So, for him to, you know, claim that, you know, he identifies with the experience of black Americans, I think, is a bit of a stretch,” said Carson. 

“Remember now, I’ve been around for 64 years, you know,” he added. “I’ve had a chance to see what real racism is.”

Obama, 54, is the son of a white mother and African father. He lived in Hawaii until he was six and then moved to Indonesia, where he lived with his mother and stepfather, a native of that country, until he was 10. Obama then returned to Hawaii spending the rest of his school-age years with his maternal grandparents. The future president left the islands following high school graduation to attend college in Los Angeles and later New York City. 

Salon, The Beast and other liberal media outlets went after Carson for playing the “race card” in his comments regarding Obama, with the latter charging race is the only thing on which the Carson campaign has been based.

As reported by Western Journalism, Carson has faced criticism for being an “Uncle Tom” or traitor to his race for running as a conservative Republican. Last August, he responded to the charge. “I’d say they need to actually listen, not only to what I’m saying, but look at my life and look at what’s been done,” the retired renowned neurosurgeon said. “It is the things that are done that elevate people, not things that impress people and make them dependent.”

h/t: The Blaze