First, this just in: A federal judge rules that the US can continue indefinite detention of enemy combatants
And also just in: The Senate amendment scrapping funding for Obama’s Gitmo closure has just been passed by 90-6.
Victor Davis Hanson sums up Obama’s sound and fury on Gitmo:
With the Democratic no-go on Guantánamo (I’ll leave it to the better informed to ascertain the degree that the Democratic Congress came to the rescue of an embarrassed Obama administration and cut off funding for the shutdown to allow him an out with the now familiar excuse of “they did it — not me, who keeps promises”), I think we now have come to the end to the five-year left-wing attack theme of Bush “shredding the Constitution.”
Except for the introduction of euphemisms and a few new ballyhooed but largely meaningless protocols, there is no longer a Bush-did-it argument. The Patriot Act, wiretaps, e-mail intercepts, military tribunals, Predator drone attacks, Iraq, Afghanistan — and now Guantánamo — are officially no longer part of the demonic Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld nexus, but apparently collective legitimate anti-terrorism measures designed to thwart killers, and by agreement, after years of observance, of great utility in keeping us safe the last eight years…It short, all the fury, the vicious slander, the self-righteous outbursts, the impassioned speeches from the floor, the “I accuse” op-eds by the usual moralistic pundits — all that turned out to be solely about politics, nothing more.
Byron York credits Mitch McConnell for the GOP victory on Gitmo.
I credit legal thinkers like Andy McCarthy and indefatigable national security watchdogs like Debra Burlingame who refused to capitulate to civil rights absolutism and CAIR/ACLU-driven hysteria. Thank you for your unceasing courage and vigilance.
For now, the adults have prevailed.