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Reminder: Congressional Republicans Love Gitmo, Want to Keep it Open


As recently as last month Congress voted, once again, to prohibit the president from closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

During the early days of the Obama administration opposition to closing Gitmo came from both parties in Congress, but in recent years opposition to closure has come primarily from congressional Republicans.

Congressional Republicans are so adamant that the prison remain open that they’re threatening to impeach the president if he releases more prisoners.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday that Republican lawmakers would call for President Obama’s impeachment if he released more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without congressional approval. [...]

“It’s going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash,” Graham said. “There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that.”

Accusing the president of breaking the law for releasing detainees from a prison where they languish forever without charge or trial is a monument to irony.

  • Churchlady320

    Based on a WaPo story, Andrea Mitchell insists that President Obama has used ‘signing statements’ exactly as Bush did – to thwart the law. The story cites Obama’s statement that Gitmo should be closed despite Congressional vote. But – wait for it Mitchell – he did NOT close it over the vote of Congress.

    So now an expression of disagreement is equal to presidential usurpation of power via an overt act. Uh huh. Maybe PBO was supposed to give 30 days notice for release of Gitmo prisoners, but does that hold up in a highly confidential swap of prisoners or does that fall under a different category? Such things impact Constitutional law, but clearly that law makes not a dent in GOP public howling.

    Everything McCain and many others in GOP have done in ‘support’ of Bergdahl is all forgotten. Now the president has done what they wanted but without their getting the glory, it’s bad. As noted here yesterday, the spin is by the same lying minister of propaganda that brought us the totally untrue ‘Appalachian Trail’ story for Sanford along with other complete deceits.

    The GOP has crossed the Rubicon by depicting Bergdahl as a traitor, deserter, whatever without a shred of proof. Maybe he did something stupid like going for a walk as he would have at home, but we just don’t know. If he’d gone over to the Taliban, don’t you kinda think we’d have heard FROM the Taliban that an American was now on their side? They’d have paraded him on News at 11 over and over. Not a peep in five years under who knows what pressure. He is not a traitor, that much we can absolutely know for sure.

    And we can know for sure that this president’s signing statements reflect his views, but his actions in NO WAY have violated Congressional votes. Among other things there haven’t BEEN Congressional votes to violate for months. But when a Black man’s expression of disagreement becomes translated into a constitutional violation, well, never again doubt there’s a double standard in American presidential law, one for white Texans, one for a Black man from anywhere.

    • nathkatun7

      You are absolutely spot-on, Churchlady! President Obama’s crime is all about “Presidenting” while Black!

    • ninjaf

      It is far fetched but entirely possible that he did decide to go for a walk that night, maybe to meditate on his thoughts of desserting and walking across the mountains. Would it be a smart thing to do? No. But could it be out of the realm of possibility that someone feeling claustrophobic on an army base and trapped carrying out a mission he believed to be wrong might decide to step outside its confines and fantasize about what he wants to do? Also, no. It is not unknown for normally sane people to do something that would seem crazy for them to do, were they in a normal situation.

  • muselet

    Graham, a member of the Armed Services Committee who face [sic] a contested primary next week …

    And there’s the real reason Lindsey Graham is making a fuss over this.