Graham willing to bargain for military tribunals

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham continues to push his proposition to President Obama that if he agrees to try alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad and four accused accomplices in military tribunals, he will press fellow Republicans to vote to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Graham says he is well aware that probably only one other Republican actually agrees with him that Gitmo should be closed. That Republican is former President George W. Bush. However, Graham says Commander of U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus also agrees with his position on Gitmo and he will ask him to spell out his reasons when he appears before the Senate Arms Service Committee later this month.
“General Patraeus will be testifying in two weeks and I will ask him why he thinks we should close Gitmo. I fully expect him to explain his rationale that it is being used against our troops in the Middle East. It is an image that hurts the war effort that puts them at risk. Also our allies will not turn them over to us for interrogation thinking they may go to Gitmo.’ Graham says the bottom line is “if you can’t close it safely, leave it open.”