WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. John Murtha said Tuesday that he planned to hold hearings on closing down the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and threatened to "cut off the money" to make it happen.An eyesore to the country? Does Murtha think we should house our enemies at the Waldorf Astoria?
"This is an eyesore to the country," the veteran congressman, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee, said of the facility, where about 400 detainees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are kept.
Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said Congress could easily effect the change he seeks.
"We just cut off the money," he said.
As Mark asserted, the Guantanamo Bay argument is just another in a long string of disconnected, inane strawman issues used by the left in their endless attempts to focus attention away from the larger aims of our war effort; as well as to drain support for our troops' mission and the successful prosecution of this war. Charge after charge of abuse at Guantanamo has been leveled, from "Koran flushing" to prisoner abuse. Each charge has been debunked or at worst isolated and non-systematic; and, despite the types of prisoners being housed there, some, rather than abuse, have reported quite the contrary.
Like it or not, we are at war. The fact that our side quits or concedes on any front will in no way assuage our enemies nor hinder their determination to do us harm. In fact, quite the opposite is true. For Murtha to attempt to micromanage and usurp the CIC role, just because he can, suggests the height of extra-Constitutional self-aggrandizement to the absolute detriment of the interests of this nation and of the safety of its citizenry.---------------------------
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