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Closin’ Gitmo a No Go

Posted by Eric on May 20, 2009

As you have undoubtedly heard, Senate Democrats are refusing to provide the eighty-million dollars necessary to carry out President Obama’s planned shuttering of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp. Democrats are “afraid” that transferring suspects to detention centers within the US will somehow pose a security risk.  In other words, these politicians are skittish about a possible political backlash should the public somehow conflate transferring detainees with releasing detainees into the United States. Luckily, we have Sen. John McCain implying that he might consider transferring Gitmo prisoners to US facilities, depending on the circumstances! From CQ:

But McCain said the issue has been muddied by the public perception that the administration would release dangerous prisoners to walk the streets in U.S. neighborhoods. “Whether that’s accurate or inaccurate, that’s the impression that the American people have,” McCain said.

To be clear: that impression is inaccurate. John McCain knows it’s inaccurate. In fact, McCain has previously come out in favor of closing Guantánamo Bay. He’s willing to go back on that pledge now due to the mistaken understanding of some Americans. A mistaken understanding that McCain could help correct, but instead chose to inexcusably repeat.

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3 Responses to “Closin’ Gitmo a No Go”

  1. drmyers said

    Hey there
    Keep up the good work with your blog!!! When you get the chance, check out my new political blog: thexchangeonline.com; recently dealing with Senate opposing Gitmo!!!
    Shoot me an email; perhaps we could do a mutual blog roll.
    I would love to know more of your thoughts!
    Thanks,
    Aaron Myers
    Twitter.com/aaronmyers (If you have twitter, shoot me an email)
    Ceoexchange07@gmail.com
    http://www.thexchangeonline.com

  2. […] This White House doesn’t just control the narrative, they create it. When Senate Democrats rebuked Obama on Gitmo, the administration wasted no time in reshaping the debate. Every storybook hero needs a villain, […]

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