- We need to make sure they’re comfy…
Monies To Close GITMO In The War Funding Bill
If I understand this correctly the bill for war funding has a added section for monies to close GITMO. Why in the hell is that in there?
SAN JUAN, Puerto RicoÂ — President Barack Obama came under fire Tuesday for including $80 million to close Guantanamo in a massive funding request to fight America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Â
The $83.4 billion request to Congress was submitted on April 9, when lawmakers were on break over the Easter holidays.Â Tucked into the 99-page bill were a few paragraphs about Guantanamo – including a request for funds for foreign countries that accept prisoners. U.S.Â efforts to have other countries take in detainees have largely been a flop – stoking fears the men will end up in America.
“The administration needs to tell the American people what it plans to do with these men if they close Guantanamo,” U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said on the Senate floor Tuesday. He pointed out that two years ago the Senate voted 94-3 against sending detainees to the U.S
Foreign countries have thus far been unwilling to take them in any significant numbers. And even if countries were willing to take them, there’s an increasing probability that some of these murderers would return to the battlefield,” he said.
Military Families United, a military family advocacy organization, predicted the inclusion of money to close Guantanamo in the war-funding requestÂ “will significantly delay the passage of this legislation and delay our troops from getting the funding they need and deserve.”
“Funding for our troops cannot be made contingent on funding for an unrelated and politically divisive issue like the closure of Guantanamo Bay,” the group said.
McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said Republicans are looking at ways to strip the Guantanamo money from the funding bill. There is no move afoot to block the entire funding bill because “this is money for our troops,” Stewart said.
The liberals haven’t changed, adding bullshite to the troop funding bill as they did when Bush was still in office. BTW, since when do we payÂ other countriesÂ to take prisoners from GITMO?