Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) supports President Obama‘s decision to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, but appears to have no alternative idea as to what to do with the enemy combatants currently held at the facility.
Located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba at the oldest overseas U.S. Naval Base, the facility currently holds around 250 terrorist detainees, according to Joint Task Force Guantanamo. More than half of the over 700 detainees ever in custody at Guantanamo have been released, and the Pentagon reports that at least 61 of those have resumed their terrorist activities against the United States.
Two days after taking office, President Obama announced that the detention facility would close within one year. During the campaign he said America’s moral standing in the world had been damaged by its treatment of detainees. McCaskill echoed those concerns this week, as reported by Missourinet.
However, in 2007 she agreed with 93 of her colleagues in expressing the Sense of the Senate that detainees held at Guantanamo should not be transferred to American soil. The state’s senior Senator, Kit Bond (R), opposes Obama’s decision to close the facility, questioning what would become of the detainees.
Sen. McCaskill joins Mr. Obama and the European left in criticizing our holding of terrorists at Gitmo, yet offers no solutions. If she has, she should speak up: I searched her Senate website and found no mention of the issue, let alone any proposal on the matter. Obama has said that to hold enemy combatants at Gitmo is the easy thing, and that closing it down and finding different options is in fact the right thing, but the hard thing to do.
His words could have applied to Sen. McCaskill, who in criticizing Gitmo has done the easy thing, but has failed to do the hard work of identifying solutions.