Okay, so you may have heard that Republican partisans are demagoguing Obama's decision to close Guantanamo, claiming this will mean terrorists living next door to you. This is stupid, of course. Our prisons already house some seriously dangerous people, including terrorists like the Unabomber, the shoe bomber, and the blind sheikh. During WWII we housed over 400,000 German and Japanese POWs right here in the good old USA. The fearmongering on this issue is ludicrous:
So this is it, then, is it? They’re going to move Osama in next door to you. Every last one of you, everywhere. It’s very complicated, involving things like timeshares and wormholes and stem cells, but it’s happening, believe me. And when it doesn’t happen, we’ll have thought up something even dumber to tell you rubes, believe me. Maybe next time the Democrats will be grafting al Qaeda heads onto spider bodies and putting them in your baby’s crib. A winning message for 2012.
Needless to say, though, it's not so ludicrous that Harry Reid isn't quivering in fear of it:
REID: I'm saying that the United States Senate, Democrats and Republicans, do not want terrorists to be released in the United States. That's very clear.
QUESTION: No one's talking about releasing them. We're talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.
REID: Can't put them in prison unless you release them.
QUESTION: Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? ...
REID: I can't make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.
It would be easier to keep Republicans from demagoguing this issue if the Democratic Senate Majority Leader didn't repeat their dishonest talking points. But Reid apparently has troubles of his own back in Nevada. (Hey, here's an idea -- let's have a Senate Majority Leader who doesn't have to tack right to keep his job. Just a thought.) In any event, panicked Democrats voted to deny Obama the funds he needs to close Guantanamo until he assures them that they won't have to bunk with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Not exactly profiles in courage.