The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center has come to the forefront of national debate as the U.S. has tried to normalize relations with Cuba.
Though Cuba, Democrats and human rights groups want to see the high-security detention center closed, Republicans are pushing back.
“In my opinion, the only problem of Guantanamo Bay is there are too many empty beds and cells there right now,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas). “We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe.”
Cotton dismissed critics at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, ABC News reported. “Islamic terrorists don't need an excuse to attack the United States,” he said. "They don't attack us for what we do; they attack us for who we are."
Cotton had some strong words for DOD Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Policy Brian McKeon. “As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell, but as long as they don’t do that, then they can rot in Guantanamo Bay!” he said, shutting off his microphone.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) then began his questioning with “… And on that happy note.”
Manchin told the committee he would’ve agreed with Cotton before he visited the detention center. “I came back changed,” Manchin said. “It's not an atmosphere that our guards should be in or our military people should — with their talent, should be used and wasted along those lines, is what I saw.”