Senate votes to keep Gitmo open, 90-6

Posted on May 20, 2009


In a stinging rebuke of President Obama’s intentions on Guantanamo Bay, the Senate voted 90-6 to deny funding to close down the detention facility there. This comes on the heels of a federal judge ruling that indefinite detention can continue. Even more damaging is the revelation from the New York Times that the Defense Department is reluctant to release a report showing 1 in 6 released Gitmo detainees returned to terrorism, undercutting the argument that these people are no threat whatsoever.

It didn’t help that the Obama administration had no plan for what to do with the terrorists kept at Guantanamo except to bring them to our shores, and this vote is a sign that a strong majority in Congress are uncomfortable with the President’s approach on the subject. But even more, I believe it showcases the political hypocrisy of Democrats, who for eight years tried to score political points by portraying Guantanamo Bay as the biggest hellhole on the planet, where atrocities were committed daily (when in reality the detainees were treated just as well as any American prison). These same Democrats, when faced with the prospect of Gitmo closing, wisely acknowledged the reality that keeping these people locked up might not be such a bad idea. It’s a welcome flip-flop, but it should serve to destroy the false hysteria perpetuated by the left over Guantanamo Bay.

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