May 21, 2009
Senate Republicans and some principled Democrats have managed to deny money to the Obama administration for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. They want to know first what is going to happen to the terrorist suspects and where the administration will send them.
In a classic case of “not in my back yard,” many senators have expressed strong opposition to having any of them come to their states, even if they are placed in maximum security prisons.
This is the bitter fruit of the ACLU and other liberal organizations and politicians. So much did they hate the Bush administration that they were willing to do things that could place our country in danger of another terrorist attack.
It’s one thing to run for political office. It’s another to have the responsibility of serving in office. Politicians don’t want to run for re-election knowing they were responsible for releasing terror suspects within the United States. Republicans deserve a lot of credit for blocking the money. Now if they can just work to change the policy.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.