QUESTION: On funding the closing of Guantanamo Bay.
REID: Well, the decision to close Guantanamo was a right one.
I agree with President Bush. I agree with John McCain . I agree with Barack Obama . Guantanamo makes us less save…
QUESTION: If the United States — if the United States thinks that these people should be held, why shouldn’t they be held in the United States? Why shouldn’t the U.S. take those risks, the attendant risk of holding them, since it’s the one that says they should be held?
REID: I think there’s a general feeling, as I’ve already said, that the American people, and certainly the Senate, overwhelmingly doesn’t want terrorists to be released in the United States. And I think we’re going to stick with that.
QUESTION: What about in imprisoned in the United States?
REID: If you’re…
REID: If people are — if terrorists are released in the United States, part of what we don’t want is them be put in prisons in the United States. We don’t want them around the United States…
QUESTION: No one’s talking about releasing them. We’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States.
REID: Can’t put them in prison unless you release them.
QUESTION: Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? I mean (OFF-MIKE).
REID: I can’t — I can’t — I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.
Politico politely describes the notion of closing the prison without anywhere to put the prisoners as “contradictory.” I can imagine three ways that it might not be: (1) Reid thinks Obama’s going to convince foreign countries to take all 240 prisoners off our hands, including Khaled Sheikh Mohammed; (2) Reid actually likes the idea of housing them in prisons on U.S. territory outside the continental United States, just not at Gitmo, in which case it’s full speed ahead on construction in American Samoa or wherever; (3) Reid has no idea from moment to moment what’s coming out his mouth. Read this AP piece and see for yourself what the correct answer is. And to think, this man’s reelection bid is in trouble.