June 28, 2005

SOMEONE'S BEEN READING POLL NUMBERS:

Democrats report no abuse at Gitmo (Stephen Dinan, June 28, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Two Democratic senators just back from reviewing U.S. detention facilities and interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said they saw no signs of abuse and said it would actually be worse to close the facility and transfer the detainees elsewhere.

"I strongly prefer the improved practices and conditions at Camp Delta to the outsourcing of interrogation to countries with a far less significant commitment to human rights," said Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, who toured the U.S. facility along with Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat. [...]

Their characterization contrasts with critics, including Democratic Party leaders, who have called for the camp to be closed as a bruise on America's human rights record.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California called for a commission to document abuses at Guantanamo and worldwide, while the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, two weeks ago compared interrogation tactics at Guantanamo to those used during the Nazi and Soviet regimes.

Nothing makes a Democrat serious about national security faster than a competitive seat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2005 7:12 AM
Comments

"Nothing makes a Democrat serious about national security faster than a competitive seat."

So very, very true. And Ben Nelson was one of the two senators who went! Can you say, "Damage Control"?

Posted by: Emily B. at June 28, 2005 8:39 AM

"I strongly prefer the improved practices and conditions at Camp Delta to the outsourcing of interrogation to countries with a far less significant commitment to human rights."

Dear me, a sensible point that I can agree with! We're going to capture these terrorists. We're not going to be able to give them a fair civilian trial after capturing them in a military operation (and a trial would violate the Geneva Conventions just as much, if they actually applied to them.) We don't have an enemy headquarters to trade them to, so we'll end up keeping them indefinitely. So it's either we keep them, or we ship them elsewhere to be tortured.

Posted by: John Thacker at June 28, 2005 9:17 AM

Another hint that you're a closet Fogelberg fan.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 28, 2005 12:51 PM

My congressman, Case, whose seat is as safe as any Democrat's, went and also had not complaints.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 28, 2005 2:18 PM

Well, I'm not so sure it's Nelson reading poll numbers so much as it's Nelson calling it like he sees it.

Ben's not such a bad guy, even with that D after his name.

Posted by: Ryne at June 28, 2005 8:36 PM

We should trade Nebraska Senators. They can have Hagel.

Posted by: bart at June 29, 2005 6:46 AM
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