President Obama should readjust his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday, arguing that the president "made a mistake" by setting a January deadline for shuttering the prison.Â
"He's changed his mind about a number of things," McConnell said. "This is one I think that requires some adjustment in his position, because I think ... he's going to have a very difficult time figuring out what to do with these terrorists."Â
"There's no reason in the world to bring these people to the United States," McConnell said. "I don't think there's a community in America that's going to be interested in taking them."Â
Apparently Al Jazeera knows something Mitch McConnell doesn't.
Greg Smith, Hardin, Montana's economic development director asks, "why not us? They've got to go somewhere."
"We have some very hardened criminals in our own country that have committed some heinous crimes, and they are in communities all across this country," Smith argues. "We're the poorest county in the state and one of the poorest counties in the nation."
He estimates at least 100Â new jobs would come from filling the prison, a real boost to this small, beleaguered community.
"A piece of the American dream," is how Smith describes the town's quest to become a new penal colony.Â "Like anything in America, we're looking for opportunities," he says.
The prison was built, and paid for by a local bond issuance. But then the governor of Montana changed, and the project in Hardin was shelved. They've tried numerous other ways to make use of the facility, but this one seems like a no brainer.
If they want the job, they should at the very least, be considered. If the prison needs improvements to house terrorists, as opposed to hardened criminals, so be it. This is an American solution, that would employ American citizens that want the jobs.
What else needs to be said? Where else will they go?