“The rule is – jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today.”
– Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
By ANDREW TAYLOR – 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison until the administration comes up with a satisfactory plan for transferring the detainees there, a top Democrat said Tuesday.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo is not dead — only that the funding will have to wait until the administration devises an acceptable plan to handle the closure and transfer the detainees. Obama has promised to close the military prison by January.
It appears to be a tactical retreat. Once the administration develops a plan to close the facility, congressional Democrats are likely to revisit the topic, provided they are satisfied there are adequate safeguards.
In light of this news, and in light of Harry Reid’s declaration that the detainees should stay out of this country, I look forward to the White House’s eventual declaration that actually Gitmo’s been sufficiently reformed enough to be used after all. And I look forward even more to all the trained seals who will – through gritted teeth, no doubt – endorse such a wise and prudent move on the part of the President. Then again, what else can they do?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.