There seems to be no trust by the Chairman of the Senate Armed Force Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), that President Obama does not have a secret agenda with his upcoming Cuba visit. The President has become notorious for bypassing Congress to push his own agenda. Will this become another case of slapping the Constitution aside to accomplish his stated goal of closing GITMO? The Navy needs Guantanamo Bay as a deep water base and for fleet training. This would severely impact the Atlantic fleet in training and operations.
As Written By Kristina Wong – The Hill
Armed Services chair worried Obama will hand Gitmo over to Cuba.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) says he is seeking clear assurances that the Guantánamo Bay naval base won’t be handed over to Cuba during President Obama’s visit there this month.
“I am concerned that the Administration may be pursuing secret negotiations over the future of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, as it has acknowledged it did in the pursuit of normalized relations with Havana,” Thornberry wrote in letters dated Feb. 29 to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
“The Naval Installation at Guantanamo Bay is a strategically-situated deep water port. It provides an ideal location from which to service, stage, and project U.S. Military Forces, secure the air and maritime approaches to the United States, undertake counter narcotics efforts, and provide disaster relief,” Thornberry added.
Republican lawmakers are worried the administration will seek to give back the naval base, which houses a U.S. military detention facility that Obama wishes to shut down.
Carter told reporters Monday that the Pentagon intends to hold onto the base.
“It’s a strategic location. We’ve had it for a long time. It’s important to us, and we intend to hold on to it,” he said.