President Barack Obama is obsessed with transferring the 91 terrorists at Guantanamo Bay to prisons in the United States. They don’t even have to promise to be good. He knows Congress won’t let him do it, but he won’t give it up. He renewed his plea Tuesday and the congressional reception was a firm, harsh “no.”
The president says he only wants a “fair hearing,” so he won’t have to pass the issue to his successor next January. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican majority, says the Senate will “review” the plan, “but since it includes bringing dangerous terrorists to facilities in U.S. communities he should know that the bipartisan will of Congress has already been expressed against that proposal.”
Mr. Obama does know that. “I am very clear-eyed about the hurdles to finally closing Guantanamo,” he said Tuesday. “The politics of this are tough .