The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that President Obama is considering using an executive action to circumvent Republican bans and close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
They say such a move would “likely provoke a sharp reaction,” which may be the understatement of the month.
The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said.
Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.
He could veto the annual bill setting military policy, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, in which the ban on transferring detainees to the U.S. is written. While the veto wouldn’t directly affect military funding, such a high-stakes confrontation with Congress carries significant political risks.
A second option would be for Mr. Obama to sign the bill while declaring restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners an infringement of his powers as commander in chief, as he has done previously. Presidents of both parties have used such signing statements to clarify their understanding of legislative measures or put Congress on notice that they wouldn’t comply with provisions they consider infringements of executive power.
Jim Hoft, Dumbest Man on the Internet, now has a co-blogger who’s giving him competition for the title, Kristinn Taylor (who is a man). Today, Taylor has posted yet another mindless attack on Barack Obama, trying to picture him as a narcissist (right wing code for “uppity,” one of Gateway Pundit’s favorite endlessly recurring race-baiting themes) — and to do it, he mistakes the word “grey” for “great:”
Now, to be fair, Taylor includes a quote from a White House transcript that does (incorrectly) use the word “great,” but he also includes a video clip of the speech at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner in which the word “grey” is crystal clear — and yet still somehow manages to churn out a stupid post claiming Obama called himself “great.”
Here’s the official video, cued up at the section in question, in which Obama is joking about people telling him his hair is turning grey. Could not possibly be more obvious.
Another classic in the annals of Gateway Pundit derpitude.
President Obama will be announcing at 4:30 pm Eastern time today that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning.
Close friends said Holder had been exhausted by his job at times and had earlier considered leaving several times, especially last summer and fall, when he was facing pillorying from Hill Republicans over the department’s handling of the Fast and Furious gun program. But Holder was very reluctant to leave his Justice post at a low point, and he wanted to depart on his own terms.
Holder now announces his resignation after a series of successes in the past year, having received accolades from community activists for his leadership in investigating and responding to the police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. Holder has often spoken about race relations in blunter terms than the president.
While Holder has no immediate plans once he steps down, the Justice official said, he has spoken with friends and colleagues about establishing some sort of center or institute to continue his work on restoring trust between law enforcement and minority communities.
Here’s an NPR audio report:
And of course, right wing blogs are already in a frenzy of back-slapping and partying and gloating; if there’s one thing right wingers know how to do, it’s gloat.
The Dumbest Man on the Internet has weighed in with one of his typical grotesque race-baiting posts, complete with a picture of Holder from 1968: Breaking: Controversial Scandal-Plagued Attorney General Holder to Step Down | the Gateway Pundit.
And guess who wrote the ludicrous article Hoft cites, claiming Holder took part in an “armed takeover” of an ROTC office in 1968? None other than… Chuck C. Johnson.
The Dumbest Man on the Internet is losing his scheisse again; he’s in a state of extreme outrage because Obama saluted some Marines with a coffee cup in his hand (probably because he was carrying a coat with his other hand). “A NEW LOW!” screams the DMOTI: A NEW LOW - Obama’s Salute to Marines - Most Degrading Salute Ever to Men in Uniform (Video) | the Gateway Pundit.
“Most degrading salute ever?” Really?
How about this one?
And we should note that the custom (not duty) of presidents saluting members of the military is a recent phenomenon (started by Ronald Reagan in 1981), and many people believe it should not be done at all.
Obama Forms Coalition of Arab States to Take Action Against ISIS, Right Wing (And Greenwald) Confused, Angry
It’s bizarre to watch the right wing news sites trying to settle on a way to spin President Obama’s action against ISIS inside Syria; they alternate from hand-wringing fear that Obama isn’t doin’ it right, to attacking Obama for doin’ it at all, to completely ignoring the fact that Obama put together a historic coalition of Sunni Arab Muslim states as partners.
They love the bombing part, but it’s Obama doing it. Cognitive whiplash!
But it sure looks like Obama did have a strategy to deal with ISIS after all.
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, declaring, “We’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group.”
Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House just before leaving for New York City to attend the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Obama emphasized that the extensive operation had included Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
“America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security,” Mr. Obama said. “The strength of this coalition makes clear to the world that this is not just America’s fight alone.”
But look who’s on the exact same page as the far right on this one, ignoring the coalition of Muslim partners and attacking Obama for “bombing a predominantly Muslim country:”
Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate https://t.co/l5GKd6XPJG
An inspiring group RT @NBCNews U.S. partners in anti-ISIS airstrikes include Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE
Does Greenwald prefer Syria to this “inspiring group?”
The US is reportedly launching airstrikes inside Syria tonight.
Republicans are on vacation. Enjoy your time off.
Hey, it sure looks like President Obama did have a strategy after all. Imagine that.
Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE are participating in the airsrikes in Syria.
Jim Hoft isn’t just the Dumbest Man on the Internet; he also has a very sick mind. And today he demonstrates this fact by publishing ISIS propaganda directed at President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, because he obviously agrees with it. You can almost smell the glee in his grotesque post: ISIS Lashes Out at Kerry “The Uncircumcised Old Geezer” in Latest Audio Release | the Gateway Pundit.
When he isn’t doing his best to spread fear with phony stories about ISIS terrorists infiltrating from Mexico, or spreading racist hatred with his endless posts about “black on black crime,” he’s giving high fives to ISIS for insulting Obama and Kerry. This man is not well.
And you don’t even want to read what his incredibly vile commenters have to say about this.