On Tuesday, the administration achieved a minor "victor"' with the Senate's passage of an amendment to the $44 billion Homeland Security budget which will allow the government to continue to transfer detainees from the facility to the United States for prosecution -- with the very telling caveat that before any additional transfers take place, the administration put a plan in place.
Yes, you heard that right -- the Senate will allow terrorist suspects to come to the United States once the president actually comes up with a plan on what do with them once they are here.
No word yet on when just such a plan will be forthcoming. You can be sure I won't be holding my breath.
This past Monday, the city council of Standish, Mich. took the initiative by voting 6-0 in support of the city's willingness to proceed with plans that would allow the transfer of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees to the soon-to-be closed maximum security facility located in their small Midwestern town. Word is they would have passed the resolution even sooner had they not been trying so hard -- and failing -- to get straight answers out of Washington.
So while Congress passes measures allowing for transfer of detainees once a plan is developed and an administration asks to close the facility without any clear direction on how, at least we can count on the Standish City Council to take decisive action.
Perhaps once they have settled the matter of Guantanamo Bay, the town of Standish could help President Obama along by voting on a resolution concerning troop levels in Afghanistan. That is the type of decisive leadership that is certainly absent in Washington these days.
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