“The country is fighting two very difficult wars. It needs a secretary of the Army, and President Obama has chosen Rep. John McHugh, a Republican, for the job. Yet Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts have selfishly put a hold on his nomination along with nine other appointments to the Pentagon and the Justice Department,” a New York Times editorial argued. It noted that the senators are trying to prevent the White House from moving Guantanamo detainees to Fort Leavenworth and accused them of stoking “hometown anxieties with the ludicrous argument that detainees present extraordinary dangers beyond the 1.2 million convicted felons in prisons across America.” The editorial concluded: “If there is any common sense in the Senate (the self-proclaimed greatest deliberative body), the honorable members from Kansas should be forced to yield to the Army’s and the nation’s overriding need. They have already gotten their parochial headlines.”
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