Republicans Cry Foul Over Guantananmo's New Soccer Field
Carole Rosenberg at the Miami Herald writes about Republican outrage over a $750,000 soccer field just completed at Guantanamo for the detainees. It opens in April. It cost $750,000.
One Republican, Rep. Dennis Ross (Lakeland, Fla.) has even introduced a bill called the “NO FIELD Act” which stands for " None of Our Funds for the Interest, Exercise, or Leisure of Detainees Act." It would reduce the Defense budget for 2013 by
The first-term Ross shows his lack of knowledge about who is being held at Gitmo with this comment: [More...]
“Gitmo ....should house the worst of the worst of the world’s terrorists, not be a training ground for the World Cup.”
Apparently he's missed (or ignored) the fact that most of those still held at Gitmo have been cleared for release. Many are not and never were terrorists at all, let alone the "world's worst terrorists." The only reason they are still there is because Congresspersons like him have refused to allow them to leave.
The last departure of a live detainee was in January, 2011. Two others have left, one who died during exercise and one who committed suicide.
Republicans can't have it both ways. Either continue to pay the $800,000 per year per detainee it costs to house them, or let them go and transfer the ones who are accused of being terrorists to our federal courts.
The Obama administration calculates that it costs $800,000 a year to keep a prisoner at Guantánamo versus about $26,000 on U.S. soil. The base imports and consumes $100,000 of fuel a day to make its own electricity and water and does no business with the Cubans across the minefield. An economic embargo on the Castro government forbids Americans from doing business with Cuba.
The solution is quite simple. Close Guantanamo.
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