Lindsey Graham's Horse-Trading Infuriates Left and Right

Close Gitmo for a KSM military tribunal? No fair!

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Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to do a little horse trading with President Obama. On Sunday, he said he'd gather Republican votes to close Guantanamo Bay if Obama sends the 9/11 co-conspirators to military tribunals instead of civilian courts. Interestingly enough, the deal has united liberal and conservative bloggers: they both reject it. Here's why:

  • A Rotten Deal for the Left, writes Charles Lemos at Direct Democracy: "If the Obama Administration aims to court Senator Graham's support on the closing of the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay via a political quid quo pro, the Administration should be aware of the price it will pay for putting politics before principle...The imperative of upholding the rule of law trumps all other considerations. It is our commitment to the rule of law, even if it benefits our mortal enemies, that separates the civilized from uncivilized."
  • A Stupid Deal for Republicans, writes Andy McCarthy at National Review: "If a deal to grant military commissions in exchange for closing Gitmo happens, it is a major win for the Obama Left and an enormous loss for public safety. We were headed inexorably toward military commissions for the 9/11 plotters. We don't need to cut a bad deal to get it."
  • Graham Doesn't Have the Votes Anyway, writes Spencer Ackerman at The Washington Independent: "Graham is asking the administration to compromise its principles in exchange for delivering votes that he shows no sign of being able to deliver. Why would any administration take this deal? ...The White House can surely cave in on its plan to try KSM in civilian court, but it's doubtful Graham can actually deliver on his end of the deal. Greg Sargent asked around GOP circles and found that Graham has practically no levers of GOP authority supporting the deal, whether inside government or outside."
  • Speaking of Graham, He's a Turncoat, writes conservative blogger Vince Bianco: "Once again our RINO-in-Standing is about to snatch defeat from the Jaws of Victory. Eric Holder and the Obami are pinned in with no place go to hold the military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters except for Gitmo. The American People DO NOT want these trials (NOT IN MY BACKYARD) on our soil and Gitmo is a first class facility designed and built for this express purpose. But there is always a fallback position for the Democrats and that is to call 1-800- RINO-RESCUE-LINE."
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