Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Rethinking another bad Obama decision

Steny Hoyer says that the administration is rethinking its decision to move Gitmo detainees to Illinois.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he agrees that the Obama administration should reassess the plan to move terrorist suspects from the Cuba military base to Thomson Correctional Facility in the state’s northwest corner.

“I think the administration realizes that this is a difficult issue,” Hoyer said, speaking at his weekly meeting with Capitol Hill reporters. “And I think that they are assessing where they are and where they think we ought to be, and I think that’s appropriate and I look forward to discussing it with them.”
Of course, this could just be Steny Hoyer hoping that they'd rethink such a decision. It sure would be a quick way to save a couple hundred million dollars which is what is being budgeted to pay for the purchase and upgrade of the Illinois facility. And this is when we already have a facility that was built at great expense to house and try detainees. But because Obama thinks that somehow the world will think better of us if the detainees are held in Illinois rather than Cuba, we have to reinvent the wheel. No wonder Hoyer would like to see this decision rethought.

You know some other politicians who would be happy if the Obama administration rethought this decision? All Democrats running for office in Illinois this year. As it stands now, this issue will be a gift for all Illinois Republicans.