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May 22, 2009

Oh Dear Lord: Key Democrat Offers Alternative to Gitmo: "Gitmo 2.0"


Anyone who said the Democrats couldn't solve every problem through cutesy re-namings wasn't giving them enough credit.

A key House Democrat on intelligence matters believes that Guantanamo Bay doesn't need to be closed, but rather, needs to be fixed.

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he is planning legislation that would order the facility to be kept open, while assuring the world that torture and mistreatment of detainees has ended.

“What's needed at Guantanamo Bay is transparency and accountability,” Hastings said. “You go back and change the bad things and turn the page.”

Hastings said a colleague dubbed his plan “Guantanamo 2.0." Still in the draft stage, it would assure access to the prison by the United States's Western allies and watchdog groups like Amnesty International and the Red Cross. Add that to President Obama's decision to end "enhanced interrogation," and there isn't a need to close the detention facility, Hastings said.

Karl Rove keeps making that point that when Obama first weighed in on this, in 2007 I think, he said it was, quote unquote, "easy' to close Gitmo.

And in yesterday's speech? "Difficult," etc.

Our President, Mr. Wizard, Mensa Chapter President, was pretty stupid in claiming it was "easy" to resolve these issues, eh?

Again: Thank God we don't have Sarah Palin bumbling around the White House. She stupidly said things like "these are difficult issues" during the campaign, proving how dumb she was. She was stupidly, prematurely aware of the difficulties involved.

Obama brilliantly realized they were difficult at precisely the right genius moment, a year or two later.

That's really the sign of brilliance, you know. We should give credit for scientific discoveries not to the guys who thought of them first, but who thought of them second, third... six bazillionth... years after the initial discovery.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff.

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