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.