Former Gitmo detainees, that is.
[B]y a 224-193 vote, the House stood by a Democratic plan to allow suspected enemy combatants held at the controversial Guantanamo facility to be shipped to U.S. soil–but only to be prosecuted for their suspected crimes.
The Guantanamo restrictions were attached by House-Senate negotiators on a $42.8 billion homeland security appropriations bill.
President Barack Obama has ordered the facility closed in January but has yet to offer a plan to meet his deadline.
Democratic leaders had to push hard to win the vote because many Democrats two weeks ago had cast a nonbinding but politically safe vote against any Guantanamo detainee transfers. But several Democrats from swing districts said they saw little political risk on Thursday’s vote.
“It’s a non-issue. Inside the beltway stuff,” said first-term Rep. Dan Maffai, D-N.Y. “People care about jobs, the economy, health care.”
“I haven’t had one person ask me about Guantanamo,” said Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind. He added that he does “not in the least” fear it as an issue in next year’s elections.
Terrorism is “inside the beltway” stuff now. No real Americans are interested in it. It’s basically a dead issue relegated to the dustbin of history. And whether it’s because they feel that you actually don’t care one way or the other about this issue or it’s because they’re trying desperately to convince you of that fact, your Congressmen are giddy with the freedom of voting their consciences….which of course means that Guantanamo should close immediately and the combatants detained there prosecuted as if this was just any other criminal proceeding.
As if 9/11 was just another sunny morning.
It’s tough meet Obama’s mandate to end the “War on Terror” when there’s an inconvenient “War on Terror” going on, don’t you know. Got to eliminate the visuals before Americans will forget how perilously close to annihilation we all came on that day, and how close we all remain today to an Islamic movement which fetishizes our violent destruction. And this forgetting is important, right? As Mr. Maffai suggests, those in control of our government right now cannot afford for Americans to be the least bit distracted from the real objective of this Administration—the complete socialization of our economy.
Terrorism just gets in the way.
Once again, we are opting not to acknowledge a war which our opponent is all too eagerly promoting around the world.
Which worked out brilliantly for us last time.