The Obama administration was supposed to release a plan to close Guantanamo this week, but the report was delayed, because Congress refused to pay to send prisoners to the US. Now Congress is furious, that the report was delayed.
See, back in May, the Senate voted 90-6 against paying to close the illegal overseas prison, because Obama planned to transfer some of the prisoners to the US. As the Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said, at the time:
Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said that none of Guantánamo's detainees should be transferred to the US to stand trial or serve time in prison. "We don't want them around," he said. "I can't make it any more clear … We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States."
This utter refusal by the President's own party to do something mildly politically difficult proved a bit of a setback for the Gitmo task force! Congress refuses to allow these people to come to the US, and so other countries may be a little reluctant to take them off our hands. It is hard to come up with a good plan to close the site now, right?
Oh, boo hoo, Democrats in congress say now, our own cowardice ruined your little task force?
House and Senate Democrats on Tuesday had a message for the White House regarding President Barack Obama's insistence on closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba: No plan for the detainees? No money.
"They will have no money available until we get a plan. It's that simple," House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chairman John Murtha (D-Pa.) said. "It's my bill."
Yes, well, wanting a plan before you pay the money is understandable, but when you all had a competition to see who could play into bullshit Republican fearmongering the hardest last spring and proved that any Guantanamo-closing plan that involves closing Guantanamo would end up causing all of you to wet your pants, it is hard for us to take you at your word, here, Congress.