Barack Obama’s lack of plan regarding the closing of Guantanamo Bay has even the Democrats nervous, so they are refusing to fund its closing.
President Barack Obama’s allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison until the administration comes up with a satisfactory plan for transferring the detainees there, a top Democrat said Tuesday.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo is not dead — only that the funding will have to wait until the administration devises an acceptable plan to handle the closure and transfer the detainees. Obama has promised to close the military prison by January.
“The administration has not come up with a plan at this point,” said Durbin, who is the whip, or No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. He added that Democrats are likely to address the issue on later legislation. “I think Guantanamo should be closed and we have to wait for the president’s direction on what happens to the detainees.”
With debate looming on Obama’s spending request to cover military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, says Democrats will deny the Pentagon and Justice Department $80 million to relocate Guantanamo’s 240 detainees.
The administration has yet to develop a plan for what to do with the detainees, and Obama’s promise to close the facility is facing strong GOP opposition.
No one in congress is interested in having any of the detainees anywhere near their own district, well, minus Jack Murtha who likes the idea of funneling even more taxpayer money to his district to build another building he can slap his name on. So if no one with any brains wants them in the US and other countries don’t want them, I wonder what kind of plan the administration can come up with that Democrats are willing to fund without committing political suicide.