You know what they say: “Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.”
Sadly, on one issue at least, that’s all too true of Senate Democrats. After praying so long for a 60-vote, filibuster-proof Democratic Senate, we’re almost there — 59 with Arlen Specter! — but already Democrats have shown an appalling lack of backbone when it comes to Guantanamo Bay.
Even John McCain agrees that Gitmo is a black mark on America’s soul. Here’s where America abandoned the moral high ground. Here’s where America imprisoned hundreds of alleged terrorists, torturing many of them, for up to eight years without ever charging them with any crime or enabling them to see a lawyer and defend themselves in court. Here’s where America threw due process out the window.
During the 2008 campaign, shutting down Gitmo was one of the rare issues on which John McCain and Barack Obama actually agreed. And on only his second full day in the White House, Obama signed an executive order closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in January 2010, giving the Pentagon until July to come up with a plan for doing so.