Kansas Republicans Block Republican from Leading U.S. Army
by Senate Guru, Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 04:01:32 PM EDT
While the United States is amid wars on multiple fronts, Kansas' two Republican Senators have irresponsibly placed a hold on President Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Army, Republican Congressman John McHugh.
Concerned that their state could become the home for some Guantánamo Bay detainees, Kansas' two Republican senators have placed a hold on the nomination of Rep. John M. McHugh as Army secretary. That means a litte more time as candidates in waiting for the people gearing up to run for McHugh's seat in an upstate New York district.
Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback are seeking answers from the Obama administration about the possible moves of some detainees to the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
But that's not all:
Roberts and Brownback have also blocked Senate consideration of the Deputy Secretary of the Army, for the same reason. In both cases, the senators concede the nominees deserve consideration, but will have to wait until they're satisfied with an unrelated question. (Reminder: there are already terrorists being detained in Kansas, whether Roberts and Brownback realize it or not.)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is reportedly "furious" with the far-right Republican senators who've blocked progress on the nomination. He's apparently under the impression that the Army needs leaders in their offices in the midst of two wars. Imagine that.
I wonder if anyone in the Kansas or D.C. media will ask Kansas' two Republican Senate candidates, Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, whether or not they support the hold, preventing Army leadership from being in place during this time of war. Oh, and if this is President Obama's thanks for appointing Republicans to leadership roles, those cries from Republicans seeking bipartisanship will continue to ring hollow.
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