Prediction: Right Wing Will Use Gitmo Funding Issue To Play Politics
Expect the right-wing media to blare: SEE? DEMOCRATS DENY OBAMA $80 MILLION TO RELOCATE 240 DETAINEES!. But that, of course, is not the whole story. They will ultimately provide the funds once a plan is in place. Democrats aren’t refusing to fund it; they just want to know how to transfer and resettle the inmates. And the Pentagon says Gitmo will likely still be closed by next January.
And expect Republicans to use this issue to bang the drum about us being less safe under Obama.
Republicans are poised with an amendment by James Inhofe of Oklahoma that would block any of the Guantanamo detainees from coming to U.S. soil to stand trial or serve their sentences. A detainee was released to France last week, leaving 240 at Guantanamo.
“Shuttering this facility now could only serve one end: and that is to make Americans less safe than Guantanamo has,” said GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.Click here for reuse options!
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