1 comment May 21st, 2009at 08:52am Posted by Eli
What will it take to get the Democrats to stop sucking?
It’s hard to imagine anything more ridiculous than the suggestion that bringing some of the terror suspects currently incarcerated in Guantanamo to high-security prisons in America will pose a threat to local communities.
It is nothing more than a bogeyman argument, easily refuted with a little common sense. (Isn’t that what prisons are for?) But that’s assuming you don’t spend your every moment living in fear of Republican attack ads questioning your devotion to the security of the country. Or that you have a modicum of respect for the intelligence of the American public.
Ah well. Old habits die hard, I guess. And Senate Democrats apparently remain an easily frightened bunch, after eight years of faint-hearted submission.
Shailagh Murray writes in The Washington Post: “Under pressure from Republicans and concerned about the politics of relocating terrorism suspects to U.S. soil, Senate Democrats rejected President Obama’s request for funding to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and vowed to withhold federal dollars until the president decides the fate of the facility’s 240 detainees…
“As recently as last week, Senate Democrats had hoped to preserve a portion of Obama’s Guantanamo funding request. But their resolve crumbled in the face of a concerted Republican campaign warning of dire consequences if some detainees ended up in prisons or other facilities in the United States, a possibility that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has acknowledged.”
Specifically, as the Associated Press is now reporting, the Senate voted 90 to 6 today for an amendment that would keep any detainee held in the Guantanamo prison from being transferred to the United States.
But here is the biggest WTF of all. What on earth is Harry Reid talking about here?
Reid: “I think there’s a general feeling… that the American people, and certainly the Senate, overwhelmingly doesn’t want terrorists to be released in the United States. And I think we’re going to stick with that….”
Q. “No one’s talking about releasing them. We’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.”
Reid: “Can’t put them in prison unless you release them.”
Q. “Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? I mean — ”
Reid: “I can’t — I can’t — I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States. I think the majority — I speak for the majority of the Senate….
Q. “[I]f a detainee is adjudicated not to be a terrorist, could that detainee then enter the United States?”
Reid: “Why don’t we wait for a plan from the president? All we’re doing now is nitpicking on language that I have given you. I’ve been as clear as I can. I think I’ve been pretty clear….”
Q. “But Senator, Senator, it’s not that you’re not being clear when you say you don’t want them released. But could you say — would you be all right with them being transferred to an American prison?”
Reid: “Not in the United States.”
Reid: “I think I’ve had about enough of this.”
So… what? The detainees would just be set free in the U.S. and then rounded and put in prisons? Huh? Harry can’t get voted out soon enough. Although if the Republicans were smart they’d leave their secret weapon alone.
Too bad the rest of the Democratic caucus is a bunch of spineless idiots too.