Republican Party

NIMBY Shmimby

The Republicans, FOX News and John McCain are making with the pee-pants-dance over the closing of Guantanamo. Think Progress:

SEAN HANNITY: That’s somewhat frightening, you’re going to close Guantanamo Bay, you don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know where you’re going to put these people. [1/23/09]

Damn. Scary! Yeah, you know, putting the Guantanamo detainees behind miles of concrete walls inside an impenetrable fortress -- not good enough to protect terrified Hannity from the toe monsters.

And then there's Senator McCain:

Where are you going to send [the detainees]? That decision I would have made before I'd announced the closure, because I don't know of a state in America that wants them in their state. It's going to -- you think Yucca Mountain is a NIMBY problem? Wait till you see this one.

Yeah, it'll be a NIMBY problem because you're making it a NIMBY problem, Senator. Also, TPM found this hilarious McCain quote from 2007:

Yes. I would close Guantanamo Bay. And I would move those prisoners to Fort Leavenworth.


First, these prisons are supermax facilities. There's practically a zero percent chance of escape. Second, here's a little bit of actual wartime history to give these idiots some perspective.


You know what that is? That's a National Park Service sketch of a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp that was constructed not on some foreign island but literally on the Gettysburg battlefield in 1944, about a hundred yards from the High Water Mark.

Notice the location of the camp, and especially what's just north of the compound fence. That's right, the Home Sweet Home Motel. There were 300 Nazi prisoners held next to a tourist hotel on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg -- 100 more prisoners than exist in all of Guantanamo. And the FOX News cowards are worried about suspected terrorists spread throughout various supermax prisons -- prisons that are already loaded with the most brutal criminals of our time?

Adding... Here's a complete list of German POW camps on American soil. One prison in Indiana held 10,000 Nazis.