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    Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are refusing to pay for President Barack Obama's plan to relocate prisoners from the Guantanamo detention facility where enemy combatants are being held.
    Obama has signed an executive order to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by early next year. But the Pentagon has yet to come up with a plan on where to put the 240 or so prisoners. Between 50-100 are likely to be sent to the United States.

    No lawmaker wants the accused terrorists in their backyard.

    House Democrats unveiled a $94.4 billion war funding bill Monday and it had no money for the relocation plan.
    Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Can't really blame a congressman not wanting to be responsible for this -- but, if closing Gitmo is "the right thing to do" then don't you suppose you should vote to do it, regardless of the consequence to your political career?

    Or, is the preservation of personal and partisan political power more importan than "doing the right thing"?

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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Can you imagine how pissed off the DailyKooks/movealong.org leftists are right about now.

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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Can't really blame a congressman not wanting to be responsible for this -- but, if closing Gitmo is "the right thing to do" then don't you suppose you should vote to do it, regardless of the consequence to your political career?

    Or, is the preservation of personal and partisan political power more importan than "doing the right thing"?
    I think instead that closing Gitmo is the right thing to do, but finalizing things until a working, good plan on how to do it is finished, is not a good idea. Obama has asked for a three month extension, and that might have something to do with this.

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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Closing Gitmo sounds all well and good, until folks get confronted with the reality of having to put the detainees somewhere, or, better yet, set them free within the United States. Then Gitmo doesn't seem like such a bad idea after all.

    Liberal ideology is no match for NIMBY. Such is the strength of liberal principles.

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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    They are looking at the polls and seeing that closing GITMO isn't really that popular.

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    CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 22-26, 2009. N=973 adults nationwide. MoE 3.
    "As you may know, for the past seven years the United States has been holding a number of suspected terrorists at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the U.S. should continue to operate the prison, or do you think the U.S. should close the prison and transfer the prisoners somewhere else?"

    Continue Operate-47%
    Close-44%
    Unsure-9%
    IOW not in my backyard is in play and if its pushed that 47% become 60% in no time.


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    Barring Antarctica or something Guantanamo is the best place to keep them.
    They are isolated form the world. They are surrounded by Marines. The entire base is ringed with landmines and Cuban Soldiers....etc./
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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    I'm not really surprised in the least. The Democrats are big on mouth, and small on wisdom. They're probably finding out now that it ain't so easy to carry out emotionally ill-conceived, silly left-wing notions.
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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Obama has asked for a three month extension, and that might have something to do with this.
    How does he "ask" for an extension, when it was his Executive Order that set the deadline in the first place?

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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Quote Originally Posted by DamnYankee View Post
    Can you imagine how pissed off the DailyKooks/movealong.org leftists are right about now.
    After this decision, I'm sure they are throwing in the towel on Obama and fleeing to Republicans


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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    After this decision, I'm sure they are throwing in the towel on Obama and fleeing to Republicans
    Strawman, try something intelligent.
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    Re: Democrats drop funds to close Gitmo

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Strawman, try something intelligent.
    I knew at least one person would take that seriously ....


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