Gitmo Grandstanding

by Chris Bodenner

Kansas Senators Brownback and Roberts have placed a confirmation hold on a top military official because of a completely unrelated beef with the administration:

Concerned that their state could become the home for some Guantánamo Bay detainees, Kansas’ two Republican senators have placed a hold on the nomination of Rep. John M. McHugh as Army secretary. [...] Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback are seeking answers from the Obama administration about the possible moves of some detainees to the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Secretary Gates, another Kansas Republican, is "furious." As a Fort Leavenworth native myself, and someone who has written about the Gitmo transfer, I'm with him. And the NIMBY grandstanding will only get greater, since the administration just flagged the two prisons under final consideration: the Leavenworth DB and the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility in Standish, Michigan.

(I will actually be in both towns over the next week doing some reporting, so if there are any Dish readers in Leavenworth or Arenac County who have a particularly useful take on the local debate, email me at and I'll buy you a cup of coffee.)