Jun 14 2005

GOP Backbone Appears

Published by at 8:58 am under All General Discussions

Fixed the wrong link to the original AP story.

Michelle Malkin has a post on this as well

The GOP voices with a backbone are coming out now that the weak-kneed reps have been hyped in the MSM. Good.

Answering the critics, Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday said war-on-terror detainees would continue to be held at Guantanamo, even as the White House said all options for prison’s future were on the table.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the No. 4 Republican in the Senate, said the prison was ”housing terrorists bent on killing Americans and destroying freedom” and ”it should remain in place until it is no longer needed to help win the war on terror.”

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, displayed for reporters Guantanamo-like prison entrees of lemon-baked fish and oven-fried chicken with rice, fruit and vegetables — ”purchased for them by American taxpayers” — to illustrate conditions at the prison and to counter claims of mistreatment.

”They’ve never eaten better. They’ve never been treated better,” Hunter said. ”We don’t beat them. We don’t touch them. We’ve been treating people well.”

”Reform it, don’t close it,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said Monday he also would push for hearings in the House to sort through ”innuendo and rumor.”

”We need to look and see whether any of the allegations being levied are real,” said Weldon, the No. 2 Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.

Of course the liberals are selling fantasies and promulgating rumours already disproven on the subject:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tried to turn the Guantanamo debate into a broader indictment of how the administration handles war-on-terror detainees. He said administration policies have ”caused tremendous damage to American credibility around the world and placed our troops at greater risk.”

His theory, along with liberal groups and the ever predictable liberal MSM is that closing down GITMO will slow Al Quaeda’s recruitments…

Yeah, right. That’ll stop the terrorists.

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