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Dan Froomkin: Harry Reid Is A Spineless Embarrassment

Via Dan Froomkin, who writes about the Senate’s 90-6 vote not to fund any transfer of Gitmo detainees to US prisons, we get confirmation that Senator Harry Reid, the leader of Senate Democrats, is incoherent, spineless and an embarrassment to us all. Why oh why can’t we have better leaders?

Here’s the transcript of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s nonsensical news conference yesterday.

Reid: "I think there’s a general feeling… that the American people, and certainly the Senate, overwhelmingly doesn’t want terrorists to be released in the United States. And I think we’re going to stick with that…."

Q. "No one’s talking about releasing them. We’re talking about putting them in prison somewhere in the United States."

Reid: "Can’t put them in prison unless you release them."

Q. "Sir, are you going to clarify that a little bit? I mean — "

Reid: "I can’t — I can’t — I can’t make it any more clear than the statement I have given to you. We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States. I think the majority — I speak for the majority of the Senate….

Q. "[I]f a detainee is adjudicated not to be a terrorist, could that detainee then enter the United States?"

Reid: "Why don’t we wait for a plan from the president? All we’re doing now is nitpicking on language that I have given you. I’ve been as clear as I can. I think I’ve been pretty clear…."

Q. "But Senator, Senator, it’s not that you’re not being clear when you say you don’t want them released. But could you say — would you be all right with them being transferred to an American prison?"

Reid: "Not in the United States."

Q. (OFF-MIKE)

Reid: "I think I’ve had about enough of this."

Hilzoy asks the next logical question.

Glenzilla lays out the whole sorry spectacle.

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John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts.

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