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Democrats Team Up With Republicans to Block Gitmo’s Closure

We already knew that Republicans were fighting tooth and nail to keep President Obama from closing the Guantanamo Bay prison facility and fulfilling one of the first pledges of his presidency, but now it looks like the Democrats in the Senate — Obama’s supposed allies — are working against him on that front, too.

The Associated Press reports that Senate Democrats won’t support funding the closure of the Guantanamo prison, according to an unnamed senior Democratic official. Apparently, Obama needs $80 million to shut the facility down, and Senate Democrats aren’t going to give it to him.

Why? Are they caving to the Republicans, not wanting to look soft on terrorists? Or are they trying to force the Obama administration to hurry up and come up with a plan for what to do with the 240 detainees still imprisoned at the U.S. facility in Cuba. It’s not clear.

The Obama administration, for its part, still insists it’s on target to close the place down by January 2010.

Update: Who needs the Republicans when you’ve got Harry Reid? Here’s Reid’s enlightening explanation for why Gitmo detainees should never be allowed on U.S. soil.

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