The senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said President Obama’s national security speech will be “viewed by terrorists as a victory.”
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) made the remarks in a statement released moments after Obama’s speech. He focused his criticism on Obama’s plans to move toward closing the Guantanamo Bay detainee camp.
“We knew five years ago that closing Guantanamo was a bad idea and would not work,” Chambliss said. “Yet, today’s speech sends the message to Guantanamo detainees that if they harass the dedicated military personnel there enough, we will give in and send them home, even to Yemen.”