Democrat Senator Jim Webb Flip-Flops On Closing Guantanamo Bay
At first Senator Webb was against closing Gitmo immediately. Now he’s wondering what the rush is, favoring a closure of the facility at some unspecified point in the future and saying that not one of the Gitmo detainees should be brought onto American soil.
Which I’m pretty sure was the Bush administration’s position on the matter all along.
Video at the link.
If Sen. Webb’s any indication, the president is running into more trouble with his own party on his plans to close down Guantanamo. Despite his support earlier this year for the president’s policy, Webb, D-Va., said today on “This Week” that no detainee, including the 17 Uighurs, should come to the U.S. He also said that Guantanamo should not be closed on the current timeline.
Back when Obama began to go wobbly on Guantanamo a bit I said this:
It’s very easy to rail against Guantanamo Bay. It’s easy to march in the streets wearing orange jumpsuits and decrying the alleged mistreatment (for which there is no evidence) of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. It’s quite another to be the person responsible for releasing them back into the world, and the one who must face the consequences for such a decision.
I think a lot of Democrats, up to and including Senator Webb, are starting to understand this.Tags: Asshats, Domestic Issues, Politics