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The White House announced plans this week to transfer 12 Yemeni and three Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates in the near future.

This will bring the total number of detainees released under the Obama administration to more than 160, leaving just 61 at the detention facility, which Obama has promised to close.

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said on "The O'Reilly Factor" tonight that Obama is effectively taking "unilateral" action to empty out Guantanamo because he's concerned about his legacy.

Peters said the major problem with this whole process is that there's no follow-up when detainees are released to other countries, which he said has led to a recidivism rate as high as 30 percent.

"Even if it's only one, it matters," Peters stated.

He explained that this is all about Obama's legacy, but he suggested that it won't be the legacy that the president is hoping for.

"Lincoln freed the slaves," Peters said. "Obama freed the terrorists."

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