Democrats Help Guantánamo Live

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 5, 2009

In conjunction with an earlier post on the topic, which indicates that the Obama Administration is willing to give military trials at Gitmo a second look, it should be noted that Democrats appear to have gotten on the “Guantánamo Lives” train:

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.

Given the “majority rules” way in which the House conducts itself, and given the nearly 60 votes that the Democrats have in the Senate–and there would probably be more than 60 votes to shut down Gitmo–there is no reason whatsoever why the Democrats could not have gone ahead and acted on their longstanding campaign promise to shut the prison down.

Of course, campaign promises have a habit of being broken once the promiser achieves power.

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