House Democrats abandon Obama, embrace Republican policies on GITMO, civil trials
House Democrats Livid. Obama seen to be losing support base.
President Obama’s tax compromise have left House Democratic leaders livid and are now indicating they will abandon the administration and go their own way on critical issues of national security.
In a move viewed by some House Democrats as an act of defiance and a direct demonstration of just how furious the caucus is with Obama’s decision to work with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, the Appropriations Committee attached a provision to a $1.1 trillion resolution to keep the government funded next year to prevent Obama from spending any funds to try terrorism suspects in civilian court instead of military commissions.
In addition, the bill was crafted with language to prevent the closing of the detainee prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee demonstrated his anger with the president in a short interview Thursday about the provision and the tax debate held shortly after the Democratic Caucus voted to reject Obama’s tax-cut deal.
“This is a lack of leadership on the part of Obama,” fumed Moran (D-Va.) “I don’t know where the fuck Obama is on this or anything else. They’re AWOL.”
With poll after poll showing the Democrat’s GITMO policies unpopular with the majority of Americans, the apparent 180 degree turn by House Democrats on both the terrorist trials and GITMO policy left Republicans, who have long opposed closing Guantánamo Bay, stunned.
Disingenuous House Democrats
On the one hand, the House Democrats have sent Obama a message about how angry they are with what they view as an “end around” deal brokered with Republicans by a rogue president, they also may have been feeling added pressure on the GITMO issue, but they’ll never admit that. Earlier in the week, the director of national intelligence had issued a report to Congress which said five of the 69 detainees transferred to other countries form Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration are believed to have rejoined terrorist groups.
The vast majority of the 598 detainees released from the prison since it was opened in 2002 were transferred under the Bush administration, either to their home countries or to other nations. In all, 150 detainees, or 25 percent, are confirmed or believed to have rejoined the fight, the report said.
While the House Democrats have decided to fall on the correct side of the issue and act in a way which reflects the concerns of a majority of Americans, they are motivated more by the opportunity to “stick it” to and humiliate their rogue President.
The move insures Obama will break his campaign promise to close GITMO and is sure to further anger what appears to be a disintegrating support base.