Guantanamo Bay should not be a reason for President Obama to veto NDAA.
The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the outsized liberal Senator from New York, is credited with saying “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
The press and public may want to keep that adage in mind as President Obama threatens to veto the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over, among other things, his opinion that the Republicans are keeping him from closing the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In fact, it was Democrats who controlled the House and Senate in 2009-2010 that first passed–in 2009–laws that prohibited the use of funds to transfer any detainees into the United States unless certain criteria were met.
And it was the Democratically-controlled House and Senate that passed the same, and more restrictive laws in 2010.
And Obama signed both of those bills, albeit under protest. But the point is, he signed them, and every year since the Congress has placed the same or similar restrictions.
As I recently chronicled, the administration blew the chance to close Gitmo in 2009 and 2010, when both houses of congress where in Democratic hands. The Democrats held a filibuster-proof 60 majority in the Senate, and a 257 to 178 majority in the House of Representatives. They also held 29 out of the nation’s 50 governorships.
So if he wanted to close Gitmo and bring some detainees to the United States, the table was set for him to do so.
Source: Obama’s Guantanamo Bay Deception