Posted by: Puma1 | May 19, 2009

GOP Wins: Democrats Cave on Closing Gitmo

In a setback for President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats said Tuesday they will strip out $80 million in new funding in a wartime spending bill to begin the process of closing the Guantanamo detention facility…

“Obama hasn’t done us any favors on this,” said one Democratic leadership aide. “He’s a little of this, a little of that. The Republicans have one compelling message.”

The administration’s allies concede as much but argue that the attacks are in essence a partisan “fear mongering” campaign, given that closing Guantanamo was endorsed by Obama’s presidential rival, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, in last year’s election…

“I would hope we would allow this process to go forward,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) told reporters Monday, and Ken Gude of the Center for American Progress said it was “offensive” to suggest that military and corrections personnel in the United States would not be able to protect citizens from detainees brought into the country.

via Democrats concede on Guantanamo Bay – David Rogers – POLITICO.com.

Drip, drip, drip.

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