May 20, 2009
The Thing About Chickenhawks, They’re Chicken

Every day in every way, the manufactured debate about closing Guantánamo gets sillier and sillier. Here’s a specimen from Texas laying out the logic:

“No good purpose is served by allowing known terrorists, who trained at terrorist training camps, to come to the U.S. and live among us,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the senior Republican on the committee. “Guantanamo Bay was never meant to be an Ellis Island.”
There must be something in the water down in Texas that turns grown men into sniveling, whining, terrified little cowards. For an X-rated examination of this syndrome, see The Rude Pundit.

The picture below shows the GOP firebrand himself in a rare non-whimpering moment. A Vietnam non-vet, he fulfilled his military obligation by attending the Texas Military Institute, an Episcopal prep school in San Antonio.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 20, 2009 12:56 PM
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Every Island prison has eventually closed. The French had Devils Island and got rid of it. We closed Alcatraz because of the hideous expenses and inhumane conditions that the men who lived there experienced (if you don't believe it, do what I did and take a tour there given by one of the former inmates). These guys aren't conservative because they aren't even fiscally conservative. Any sane man would know that it costs a fortune to run to run that place. It would be interesting to know the actual numbers but I suspect that too is hidden from us. The Republicans can make up the stupidest arguments to justify spending money. Next someone will want to completely privatize the place and spent ten times what it costs now. I suspect it's partially privatized now so that some contractor can rake a few hundred million more off the taxpayers every year by helping run the place.

Posted by: Buck on May 20, 2009 3:51 PM

harry reid's been drinking the same water.

Posted by: karen marie on May 20, 2009 7:38 PM

Unfortunately you're right, Karen Marie. And Reid isn't alone. Looks like most of his party has caved right along with him. A pitiful display of cowardice.

Posted by: Red Tide on May 21, 2009 10:43 AM

Which is why I'm so upset that the powers that be want to install Arlen Specter as our Democratic senator from Pennsylvania. The Democrats we have are better than, but too much like, the Republicans in the cowardice, the cozy relationships with the wrong people, the catering to the lowest common denominator, and shortage of common sense. I'd rather try to put in a Democrat who might move the Overton window a bit toward single-payer universal health insurance, say, or fast ubiquitous trains rather than Snarlin' Arlen, who'll drag the caucus a bit in the wrong direction.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on May 22, 2009 2:06 AM

I'm with Joyful! Except that I go perhaps further, and declare that, not needing to battle the Republicans for the time being, we're in a position to push for real changes. Like we were promised, again, but this time we're calling in the promises. We can make the government come up with health care and energy policy that makes sense, and foreign policy will follow. But we've gotta push the Democrats! They're in a rare listening mood.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on May 22, 2009 3:55 AM
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