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36. Bush hopes closing Guantanamo won't risk security
Source: Associated Press

ERIE, Pa. (AP) Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he hopes that his successor's plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will not compromise domestic security. Bush, though, maintained during an appearance in northwestern Pennsylvania that he would not criticize President Barack Obama, though he did discuss his policies.

"I will just tell you that there are people at Gitmo who will kill Americans at the drop of a hat," the nation's 43rd president said at a dinner held by a group of business leaders in Erie. "Persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to change their mind."

Bush has made just a handful of public appearances since he left office in January, though his hour-long session before a friendly crowd of about 1,600 touched on familiar themes in reminiscing about his eight years in the White House.

The topic of Guantanamo Bay arose during a question-and-answer session, in which e-mailed or submitted questions were screened and chosen by a moderator during the event.

"I certainly hope not," Bush answered when asked if he thought Obama's plan could compromise security before adding, "I told you I would not criticize my successor."

Bush reminded the audience that he had also remarked during his presidency that he thought the detention facility should eventually close, and that detainees should be able to have hearings referring to military tribunals.

"I just want to make sure that when people have a hearing ... we don't have to give away our secrets in order to protect you," he said, drawing applause.
Bush demurred when asked who could lead his own Republican Party in the 2012 presidential race, saying he would wait until at least after the 2010 midterm elections.

"Invite me back I'll give you my opinion," he said.

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Like Thumper said in Bambi, my momma told me that if I don't have anything nice to say... don't say anything at all.

Security risk? Don't get me started...
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  -Bush takes swipes at Obama policies InfiniteThoughts  Jun-18-09 09:02 AM   #0 
  - Haven't had to listen to his political blather for almost five months.  tuvor   Jun-18-09 09:05 AM   #1 
  - Difficult  lsewpershad   Jun-18-09 04:58 PM   #33 
  - bush knows nothing will be done about war crimes/torture - best to "look forward" after all nt  msongs   Jun-18-09 09:08 AM   #2 
  - Well, at least Obama *has* policies...  KansDem   Jun-18-09 09:14 AM   #3 
  - Didn't we "private sector" our way INTO this mess?  Cresent City Kid   Jun-18-09 09:15 AM   #4 
  - yup! nt  The Hope Mobile   Jun-18-09 11:22 AM   #24 
  - George W Bush = Dumb White Monkey  DinahMoeHum   Jun-18-09 09:21 AM   #5 
  - "You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money."  bluestateguy   Jun-18-09 09:23 AM   #6 
  - +1  Toucano   Jun-18-09 10:10 AM   #14 
  - Obama should ask Bush to give up his nationalized health care to pursue private health care.  Wizard777   Jun-18-09 09:25 AM   #7 
  - Poor Obama  braunfels   Jun-18-09 09:28 AM   #8 
  - Missing those Bush/Cheney  Magleetis   Jun-18-09 09:42 AM   #9 
     - Missing them? We're only 5 months into Bush's third term. n/t  Iowa   Jun-18-09 01:45 PM   #29 
  - Well of course if the Moonie Times says it, we should all bow lower.  Generic Other   Jun-18-09 09:47 AM   #10 
  - BUSHALOON THE PROOF  clarence swinney   Jun-18-09 09:49 AM   #11 
  - to me, it shows a person in WAY over his head.  ginnyinWI   Jun-18-09 10:27 AM   #20 
  - Quite a litany, thanks for keeping track.  FailureToCommunicate   Jun-18-09 10:44 AM   #22 
  - Well, that does it then  Stargazer09   Jun-18-09 09:50 AM   #12 
  - That's right George. And obviously, overwhelming numbers of  JerseygirlCT   Jun-18-09 09:50 AM   #13 
  - Excellent. The gloves are now off  Doctor_J   Jun-18-09 10:13 AM   #15 
  - Well, here's something we can at least all agree on.  Arkana   Jun-18-09 10:19 AM   #16 
  - +1  Blue_Tires   Jun-18-09 10:23 AM   #18 
  - Still an idiot. n/t  ginnyinWI   Jun-18-09 10:21 AM   #17 
  - I would say this is a good thing.  Bleacher Creature   Jun-18-09 10:23 AM   #19 
  - last week-"...Mrs. Bush said her husband will have no comment on any Obama decisions.  Algorem   Jun-18-09 10:28 AM   #21 
  - Looking at AWOL'S beady eyes  boomerbust   Jun-18-09 10:55 AM   #23 
  - The private sector leads us sword waving into flaming piles of shit.  heliarc   Jun-18-09 11:39 AM   #25 
  - as I said before  zbdent   Jun-18-09 11:47 AM   #26 
  - Bush and Cheney want a showdown on torture, and Obama should give it to them.  JDPriestly   Jun-18-09 12:14 PM   #27 
  - not extremely fascist enough for Bush obviously  fascisthunter   Jun-18-09 12:39 PM   #28 
  - I think Bush must be getting scared like Cheney  mvd   Jun-18-09 01:55 PM   #30 
  - or as somebody once said...  choie   Jun-18-09 04:08 PM   #31 
  - Hey Obama  Libertas1776   Jun-18-09 04:46 PM   #32 
  - why isn't Bush in prison?  pfitz59   Jun-18-09 05:57 PM   #34 
  - Bullshit source. Besides, why bitch at Obama? He's following many of the war criminal's policies.  Zhade   Jun-18-09 06:44 PM   #35 
  - Bush hopes closing Guantanamo won't risk security  Tab   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #36 
  - It won't  rpannier   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #37 
  - Go back to sleep, for christ sake!!!  pattmarty   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #38 
  - fuck that.  Soylent Brice   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #39 
  - my sentiments  cindyperry   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #47 
     - welcome to DU  Soylent Brice   Jun-19-09 08:25 AM   #50 
  - "before a friendly crowd", "e-mailed or submitted questions were screened"  PSPS   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #40 
  - We know ignoring hijacking warnings does. What if it does? Who's gonna do anything about it?  Wizard777   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #41 
  - Don't we have room for him down there now?  undeterred   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #42 
  - Who gives a damn about what he has to say!  rainlillie   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #43 
  - +1  Owl   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #45 
  - Of course, he meant his own security from prosecution  jmondine   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #44 
  - Go back to your compound in Dallas you murdering thief.  sarcasmo   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #46 
  - Interesting choice of words  beltanefauve   Jun-18-09 08:32 PM   #48 
  - carry on with the same shit that got us into this mess  Skittles   Jun-19-09 04:09 AM   #49 

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