DES MOINES – Closely observing Sen. Marco Rubio (TP-Florida) on the campaign trail, a solitary reporter cautiously approached the candidate earlier today to ask him what President Obama should do with Mexican drug lord Joaquin (“El Chapo”) Guzman Loera once he is extradited to the United States.
“SR,” Rubio said, without hesitation, “Why should Mexico send him here, when they can send him straight to Gitmo?”
“That would save everybody a lot of time and money.”
“It would be another reason never ever to close Gitmo.”
Ever since his successful 2008 campaign for the presidency, Mr. Obama has vowed to close the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, but he has always been thwarted by Congress. There are currently 112 prisoners at Gitmo, 53 of whom are cleared for transfer to another country.
The Pentagon has vetted prisons in seven US states, including Colorado, South Carolina, and Kansas as potential sites to house Gitmo detainees.