Commentary Magazine


RE: No Risk, They Say?

The American people aren’t buying the Obama spin that moving Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. is a good idea. Gallup reports:

Americans remain opposed to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and moving some of the terrorist suspects being held there to U.S. prisons: 30% favor such actions, while 64% do not. These attitudes could present a significant roadblock for President Obama at a time when he seeks congressional approval to move terrorist suspects from Guantanamo to a converted state prison in northwestern Illinois.

Now that’s as bad as the health-care polling, and the White House and Congress are ignoring public opinion on that one. So an overwhelming show of public opposition to a harebrained leftist gambit is no guarantee it will be abandoned. But on this one, there is little upside to the Democrats’ supporting the White House. Indeed, it is the perfect opportunity to put a little daylight between them and an administration that is increasingly out of touch with the electorate.