Originally published May 24, 2009
Even in these days of Hope n' Change, it can be tough to be a Democratic politician. They want Guantanamo closed because Bush was keeping those poor souls locked up illegally. But the Dems also don't want to get blamed if the prisoners turn out to be "terrorists" once released on American soil. So they've denied funds to close Guantanamo...thus making themselves the new jailers.
Guantanamo hasn't been in the news much lately because, two years after the cartoon above, Barack Obama and the Democrats have quietly decided to keep it open after all, even though they'd previously claimed that the simple existence of the prison facility was an abomination which helped our nation's enemies recruit new terrorists.
And oddly, the same mainstream media that had previously lumped Guantanamo in with Auschwitz and Buchenwald has fallen silent. In much the same way that they aren't blaming Obama for the appalling military "kill teams" (who took photos of civilians they'd murdered), even though this same media blamed President Bush personally for the egregious weeny-pointing which occurred at Abu Ghraib.
And so we get back to some very familiar basics: "Presidentin' is hard," "Obama lies," and "the mainstream media is full of hypocritical lefties."
Which brings us to the main reason I pulled this cartoon from the vault: I just really like the punchline about Rocky Mountain oysters and Ritz crackers.