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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The shame of Arkansas

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 3:33 PM

U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, alone among Democrats, and Joe Lieberman joined 40 Republicans to back a measure by the certifiably loony Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma to interfere with transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. for criminal trials.

Do these faint-hearted wusses really believe the U.S. can't protect itself?

Earlier today VoteVets.org chairman Jon Soltz, an Iraq war veteran, called Inhofe a hypocrite:

"Nearly 200 terrorists were tried and convicted in U.S. courts, most notably Zacharias Moussavi who was brought to the U.S. by President George W. Bush. All the while, Senator Inhofe was quiet. Playing politics with security like this is a disgrace."

Soltz added that "true conservatives" Bob Barr, Davide Keene and Grover Norquist (who support moving the detainees to the U.S.) are "on our side."

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) charged the measure "put political interests ahead of our national interests" and ultimately is trying to keep the detention center open.

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