The American public is well aware that candidates often make promises while running for office that some how never come in to play once the prize is won. Candidate Obama’s pledge of transparency in government quickly comes to mind. Transparency should have been easy to implement, after all, you just do it. Yet, as President, Obama appears to have lost that “git ‘er done” attitude relative to openness.
However, on a much more difficult endeavor, (logistics and all) candidate Obama said that if elected he would shut down Gitmo and on January 23, 2009 the President issued an Executive Order closing Gitmo within one year. With a stroke of a pen we returned to the moral high ground. Except…
We have since learned that some of the men housed at Gitmo may possibly be dangerous. In fact, some of the detainees may be predisposed towards carrying out acts of man made disasters. This newly discovered evidence has some democrats questioning the closing. From The Weekly Standard:
Another Dem Says Not in My Backyard
Republicans send around this NIMBY Gitmo story featuring a quote from Senator Max Baucus (D-MT):
“I understand the need to create jobs, but we’re not going to bring al-Qaeda to Big Sky Country — no way, not on my watch,” said Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat.
Meanwhile, Harry Reid is demanding specifics about where these terrorists will go before allowing Congress to fund a potential move. Good thing Obama's already taken credit for closing Gitmo.
Posted by Michael Goldfarb on May 6, 2009
Apparently, the Bush Administration failed to notify anyone of the possibility that there might be causers of man made disasters housed at the facility. This information has shocked Democrats in both the House and the Senate and backed the President in to a corner.
However, there is a solution. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and therefore, someone who knows about these things, has expressed support for the President’s plan. I hear that her husband is a bit of a whiz bang when it comes to real estate. Perhaps the senator could arrange for her husband to receive a government contract for housing these gentlemen. Also, many Hollywood luminaries have voiced their support for the President’s plan, and I am sure, would be thrilled to welcome the detainees to their neighborhood.
Don’t you love a story with a happy ending?