the Tea Leaf Dancers escape from the fortress of the flying lotus

The Obama administration has been denied the funds to close GitMo without further disclosure and I say, well fucking done. The 90-6 senate vote was – somewhat surprisingly – GOP heavy (only somewhat because expecting ideological consistency out of the GOP is a fools’ errand). This should make it that much more difficult for all of those tribunal “terrorists” (sorry but without due process I can’t take that choice of descriptors seriously) to be ferried away to other illegal and secret prisons around the world.
Of course, the reason the GOP did this was to prevent an influx of brown people out of some naieve and extremely misinformed notion of the administration’s intentions. “The American people don’t want these men walking the streets of America’s neighborhoods,” thinks Senator John Thune, an elephant from South Dakota, though he does (at least) go on to say “The American people don’t want these detainees held at a military base or federal prison in their back yard, either.”
So close, but yet so far from…you know, reality. I would opt for mandatory reality checks in congress if I thought it could either be done or be done well, neither of which I believe.
But hey, it beats facing what both parties have done to the world economy I suppose.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on May 20, 2009.

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