Holder: Hey, we’re still totally going to close Gitmo

posted at 1:25 pm on September 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Look, I understand the the Obama White House has decided to shift to the extreme Left on policy this month.  They want to pander to their base, which has been demoralized in discovering that their agenda has as much chance of passing Congress as … well, as Obama’s tax-hikes bill.  But at some point, the pander will devolve into self-parody — and Eric Holder’s promise to really, really close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay qualifies as the tipping point:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Obama administration will do its utmost to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay before next year’s presidential elections despite political opposition.

Holder said at the European Parliament that even if the current administration fails to close it ahead of elections, it will continue to press ahead if it wins the November 2012 presidential vote.

Er … sure they will.  Obama’s decision to close the detention center was never a popular position — and it grew deeply unpopular after the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber attack.  Holder had insisted that he would try the 9/11 plotters in federal court rather than the Gitmo military commissions system, but had to reverse himself when New York politicians objected to the trial and Congress — a Democratic Congress — barred the use of federal funds to close Gitmo.

Now terrorist masterminds like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh are scheduled to go through the military commission system, as others were all along.  If Holder is promising to close Gitmo, where will those trials take place, and where will the terrorists be housed?  Lats session’s Democratic Congress has balked at providing funds for a facility in the US, and no one, not even the EU Parliament, will believe that a Republican-controlled House will suddenly go along with Obama on closing the facility.

At this point, it’s getting difficult to determine whether the Obama administration is working harder to fool its allies, its base, or itself.   If they believe that Obama can run and win in 2012 on the I’ll-close-Gitmo platform, then I’m guessing it’s the latter.

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I guess he’s in a hurry since he could become one of it’s occupants……

sandee on September 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Liar.

Washington Nearsider on September 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM

sandee on September 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

D’oh! Beat me to it.

DrAllecon on September 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

ok, lol just at the title….

holder probably had his fingers crossed behind his back while saying that…

ps

Lats session’s

small typo…

cmsinaz on September 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Jobs.

Knucklehead on September 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

At this point, it’s getting difficult to determine whether the Obama administration is working harder to fool its allies, its base, or itself.

no thread is complete without an ’80′s song….

ted c on September 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

sandee on September 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

i think we have a winner on the first post!

cmsinaz on September 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Opposition to Obama’s decision to close the detention center was never a popular position…

With respect, Ed, I believe you tangled yourself in your own syntax. Shouldn’t it just read “Obama’s decision to close … was never a popular position…”?

jwolf on September 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

ted c on September 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

you got that right…good tune

cmsinaz on September 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

An imploding administration.

kingsjester on September 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

If they believe that Obama can run and win in 2012 on the I’ll-close-Gitmo platform

Actually this makes sense. He can’t run on his horrible record. His only chance is a replay of the ’08 campaign and hoping enough voters fall for it again.

jwolf on September 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I guess he’s in a hurry since he could become one of it’s occupants……

sandee on September 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Wait, they’re trying to close Leavenworth too?

Knucklehead on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Melvin Udall: Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City “Sailor wanna hump-hump” bar, or is it getaway day and your last shot at his whiskey? Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

The Q is…How long does it take to raise a Unicorn?
The A is…Oh about 4 years and a day…
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RalphyBoy on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I would bet my house that Holder is out at DOJ long before Gitmo closes.

cat-scratch on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

jwolf on September 20, 2011 at 1:31 PM

That’s what I get from editing two sentences into one. [sigh] Fixed it now, thanks for the heads up!

Ed Morrissey on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Hold, er, the swine, in “the most transparent admin. evah” did not stop this insanity. Pitchforks are not enough from the taxpayers.

The Justice Department spent more than $120 million in fiscal 2008 and 2009 to host law enforcement conferences across the country, many of which featured “extravagant and wasteful” costs for food, beverages and event planning, including spending $16 on each of 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington, D.C., a report said Tuesday.

Schadenfreude on September 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

The Q is…How long does it take to raise a Unicorn?
The A is…Oh about 4 years and a day…
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RalphyBoy on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Q: How far away is a pot of gold?
A: Just over the next hill past that horde of barbarians.

ted c on September 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Finally, Obama is embracing government transparency.

I mean, he’s being transparent in his re-election efforts.

lorien1973 on September 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

His only chance is a replay of the ’08 campaign and hoping enough voters fall for it again.

jwolf on September 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

No, in this round, as you say “his records a disaster”, he will run only on thuggery, pummeling the opposition, like the Panthers.

The populace has to be smarter or deserve them.

Schadenfreude on September 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Loose ends. That’s all he’s doing.

Trimming off the loose ends of the fabric of lies he told in his Hopenchange crusade.

BobMbx on September 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This is just a campaign gimmick. Obama’s presidential reign is following the same pattern as his time as a senator: he voted present for two and a half years and then campaigned for 15 months. We’re seeing the pattern play out again in Obama’s run for a second term as president.

suburbanite on September 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Hmmmm…point in Perry’s favor. When he did something dumb and got called on it, he admitted his mistake. And didn’t try it again.

Obama, not so much.

cozmo on September 20, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Holder: Hey, we’re still totally going to close Gitmo

Yeah. Sure. And the Rams are going to the Super Bowl.

ConservativePartyNow on September 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

ot: top of the fold on drudge

cmsinaz on September 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

If you believe everything you say are you really “fooling yourself” or soaking in your kiddie pool of delusions?

SKYFOX on September 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Un-hinged

swimcoachmike on September 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Holder had insisted that he would try the 9/11 plotters in federal court rather than the Gitmo military commissions system, but had to reverse himself when New York politicians objected to the trial and Congress — a Democratic Congress — barred the use of federal funds to close Gitmo.

THIS I never let my lib-tard bud’s forget.

Tim_CA on September 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Isn’t it spooky in a “Baghdad bob” kind of way to see both the POTUS and the AG say this crap with a straight face?

At least Baghdad Bob did it with the proverbial “gun to his head” because it was only intended for a middle eastern audience that was already indoctrinated to believe that all of western media is lies anyway.

Mord on September 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

may all the Agitation and chaos and crisis that they have sown…….be harvested in their own houses.

PROGRESSIVE DOWNFALL 2012!!!

Let it be so.

PappyD61 on September 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

“the Obama administration will do its utmost to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay”

Notice, he didn’t say it will close.

J_Crater on September 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Eric Holder is going to be out of a job soon so I’m not too worried about it.

jonezee on September 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Nice shiny object you’ve got there. Um, Eric, Darrell Issa would like a word with you.

JammieWearingFool on September 20, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Come on now, Baby. You gotta believe me. You know I love you and I would never lie to you, right?

Lily on September 20, 2011 at 1:49 PM

jonezee on September 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

from your keyboard buddy….

cmsinaz on September 20, 2011 at 1:51 PM

With any luck, Holder will reside in Gitmo some day.

carbon_footprint on September 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Holder: Hey, we’re still totally going to close Gitmo, and if you get that check to me before Obama leaves office in Jan 2013, we’ll get that pardon to you, also.

Fixed, because it’s Bagboy Holder we’re writing about.

MNHawk on September 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

The incompetency of this administration knows no bounds. Everything is political. Everything is campaign mode. Meanwhile the country goes to h e double hockey sticks.

I like to look at it this way. The interrogation techniques at Guitmo eventually led to the death of Osama. The Obama administration wants to close down the most effective tool for combatting and tracking Al Qaeda. The Obama administration really doesn’t give a crap about capturing or killing muslim terrorists. Therefore, Obama gets ZERO credit for getting Osama Bin Laden.

ALL OF THE CREDIT goes to our military and our Navy Seals!

Actually, I always felt that way. Holder the boob just makes it easier to pile on.

fogw on September 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM

these guys have sown discord and lies and they will reap what they have sown. What surprises me is that these men have families too. *shame*

ted c on September 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I think the Obama White House is following James Carville’s very timely advice: Panic! So what we’re seeing with the President’s hard, desperate swerve to the Left with his class-war rhetoric and impossible legislative demands, along with Holder’s resurrection of the Gitmo closing issue, is a last-ditch effort to galvanize the base and…then what?

I honestly don’t know what purpose galvanizing a small, vociferous minority of the electorate will serve. And when I write ‘small minority’ I mean very small. What’s the percentage of voters who think the largest tax increase in history on the cusp of a second, back-to-back recession is smart economics? Or the stateside relocation and/or release of hardened terrorists from Gitmo serves our security interests?

I can’t follow the logic. These people have scattered the pieces and walked away from the board.

troyriser_gopftw on September 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Instead of closing Gitmo, lets close the loan window at the Department of Energy. That will be much more productive for taxpayers in the long run.

stefano1 on September 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Grasping at straws.

ButterflyDragon on September 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Backtrack watch.

rogerb on September 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

ted c on September 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I don’t know about Holder’s family, but if you’re talking about Obama…I still believe his family is no less a prop than his dog, his references to God and his American flag lapel pin. It’s all just for show.

SKYFOX on September 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

What next out of holders mouth, they will bring all those in gitmo here, in some, state for trial instead of gitmo?
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letget on September 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

They’ll close it in days…not weeks or months.

Alden Pyle on September 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Obama administration will do its utmost to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay before next year’s presidential elections despite political opposition.

Now the AG is involved in The One’s Campaign and is throwing bones to the moonbat base. Political opposition? So what? The President has the power to close Gitmo any time he wants and Holder is full of crap when he blames it on those who could only disagree with the decision. Gitmo is still open because even these idiots realized it was the best alternative when reality hit them in the face.

RadClown on September 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM

With so many coverups, his personal crimes and sleaze of friends needing hiding it’s no wonder sleazy Eric Holder wishes to close as many prisons as possible.

viking01 on September 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Maybe the plan is to close Gitmo, and relocate all of the detainees to that new Palestinan State Obama is so keen on creating. (First-class airfare, and complete with lovely parting gifts: the leftover AK’s from “Fast and Furious.”)

It’s reassuring to know that Holder’s going to making DOJ investigations into Solyndra and LightSquared his highest priority. //sarc

VastRightWingConspirator on September 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM

WE should keep GITMO open… AG Holder should have a choice of future residences…

Khun Joe on September 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

This bit about closing Gitmo and the “tax the rich” screed seem to be strategic blunders. Even though the leftists accuse him of moving toward the middle, it’s not like he’s going to lose their votes. Doesn’t Obama risk alienating more independents than he would ever win over by these positions? Is Obama trying to avert a primary challenge? Is he trying to close the enthusiasm gap, mobilize his foot soldiers, and keep the campaign cash rolling in for what’s sure to be a brutal campaign?

It just doesn’t make any sense to me. But then again, I’ve ceased to try to understand the way politicians think.

suburbanite on September 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I’m sure Holder and Obama “totally want to close Gitmo” before one or both of them gets sent there.

~OF COURSE Holder’s keen on closing Gitmo, I mean, d’oh!~

Lourdes on September 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

This bit about closing Gitmo and the “tax the rich” screed seem to be strategic blunders. Even though the leftists accuse him of moving toward the middle, it’s not like he’s going to lose their votes. Doesn’t Obama risk alienating more independents than he would ever win over by these positions? Is Obama trying to avert a primary challenge? Is he trying to close the enthusiasm gap, mobilize his foot soldiers, and keep the campaign cash rolling in for what’s sure to be a brutal campaign?

It just doesn’t make any sense to me. But then again, I’ve ceased to try to understand the way politicians think.

suburbanite on September 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM

It truly does appear that they’re the stupid terr-r-ists, doesn’t it?

Lourdes on September 20, 2011 at 2:35 PM

At this point, it’s getting difficult to determine whether the Obama administration is working harder to fool its allies, its base, or itself.

They live in a bubble of their own making. Consequently, no idea of what’s going on in the real world. As for Holder, if there was any real justice, he’d be in Gitmo, as a prisoner.

GarandFan on September 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Obama and Holder don’t really want to try and close Gitmo. They just want to be seen trying to close it.

RebeccaH on September 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Doesn’t this idiot understand that liberals represent only 11% of the US Population?

Key West Reader on September 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

He will close it right after he loses the election. He will fly all of the terrorists here and set them free to get back at us for being so racist and not voting for him.

jeffn21 on September 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Obama administration will do its utmost to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay before next year’s presidential elections despite political opposition.

Holder said at the European Parliament that even if the current administration fails to close it ahead of elections, it will continue to press ahead if it wins the November 2012 presidential vote.

Wow, I bet they poll tested the heck out of that tap dance!

Mr_Magoo on September 20, 2011 at 2:54 PM

“We’re really, really gonna close Gitmo, but only if you prove to us that you love us.”

disa on September 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

The possibility that spooks me is that they close Gitmo on their way out after losing the election.

It would be the quintessential liberal move. It’s like, thanks guys, you didn’t change policy while you held the White House, but you’re going to endanger us all to stand on a nonexistent principle now that you don’t have to live with it.

HitNRun on September 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Wasn’t there a Presidential Executive Order saying that Gitmo would be closed by January 20, 2010? If the President couldn’t close it in 32 months, how can his underling close it in 14 months?

How ’bout an Executive Order closing Holder’s office?

Steve Z on September 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

The President has the power to close Gitmo any time he wants and Holder is full of crap when he blames it on those who could only disagree with the decision. Gitmo is still open because even these idiots realized it was the best alternative when reality hit them in the face.

RadClown on September 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM

So what do we do with the terrorists human distaster causers devout disciples of the religion of peace detainees if Gitmo is closed? Does Holder have a good answer for that?

Steve Z on September 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

IF they close Gitmo, I expect they’d build another (b)milliion dollar prison facility on one of the Northern Marianas low inhabitant islands. Lots of opportunity for graft and then the left can make/have a brand new bugaboo. Rinse, repeat.

It won’t be anything about “getting rid of the actual prison”, it’ll about about undoing something that ChimpyMcBushCheneyburton did.

Jason Coleman on September 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Does Holder have a good answer for that?

Steve Z on September 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

My second good laugh of the day. Thanks Steve!

JusDreamin on September 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Remove this clown Holder from the AG position stat. He belongs in a federal prison himself, but I would be satisfied if he were incarcerated at Gitmo himself. He could entertain the detainees with his sad stories about the “injustices” lobbed at “his people.”

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Schadenfreude on September 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Those costly muffins must have been secured by the same folks that catered Pelosi’s Air Force jet when she was wielding the gavel as Queen Bee.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Puh-leez. The grass roots left never cared about this issue. It has nothing to do with redistribution of millionaire/billionaire money or “keeping abortions legal and safe.” It was always just a truncheon to bash conservatives and Bush upon the alter of supposed civil and/or Geneva Convention rights for terrorists.

Western_Civ on September 20, 2011 at 6:23 PM

If he loses in 2012 he’ll close Gitmo before January 20, 2013 just to cause a headache for the incoming administration.

fronclynne on September 20, 2011 at 8:09 PM

If he loses in 2012 he’ll close Gitmo before January 20, 2013 just to cause a headache for the incoming administration.
fronclynne on September 20, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Yep. Clinton issued a huge load of insane EO’s his last two months in office. That will seem like a college prank compared to what Obama’s going to do.

logis on September 20, 2011 at 9:16 PM

If he loses in 2012 he’ll close Gitmo before January 20, 2013 just to cause a headache for the incoming administration.
fronclynne on September 20, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Yep. Clinton issued a huge load of insane EO’s his last two months in office. That will seem like a college prank compared to what Obama’s going to do.

logis on September 20, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Oh yeah. After he loses, I expect them to drop so many torpedoes in the water in January that it will look like the Battle of Midway.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2011 at 9:43 PM