Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weak Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on what to do with the detainees at Gitmo:

REID: Well, the decision to close Guantanamo was a right one.

I agree with President Bush. I agree with John McCain . I agree with Barack Obama . Guantanamo makes us less save.

However, this is neither the time nor the bill to deal with this. Democrats under no circumstances will move forward without a comprehensive, responsible plan from the president. We will never allow terrorists to be released into the United States.

[…]

QUESTION: If the United States — if the United States thinks that these people should be held, why shouldn’t they be held in the United States? Why shouldn’t the U.S. take those risks, the attendant risk of holding them, since it’s the one that says they should be held?

REID: I think there’s a general feeling, as I’ve already said, that the American people, and certainly the Senate, overwhelmingly doesn’t want terrorists to be released in the United States. And I think we’re going to stick with that.

QUESTION: What about in imprisoned in the United States?

REID: If you’re…

(CROSSTALK)

REID: If people are — if terrorists are released in the United States, part of what we don’t want is them be put in prisons in the United States. We don’t want them around the United States.

This is, of course, playing right into the “boogedy-boogedy terrorist” mantra of the Republicans that the president’s plan for the prisoners is to fly them all in business class to Orlando, give them day passes to Disney World, and then have them all meet up at EPCOT — Scout’s honor — for them to be shipped off to various county lock-ups across the Midwest.

Sheesh, Mr. Reid; show some backbone.

Update: Glenn Greenwald, as always, puts the Gitmo terrorists-on-the-loose meme in perspective.

HT to Hilzoy.