By Joshua Altman - 11/08/11 05:49 PM EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that he does not believe that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay will close because the Obama administration has not found better options for holding enemy combatants.
“I have tried to be as supportive as I know how to be in creating flexibility for the executive branch and not micromanage the war,” Graham told Attorney General Eric Holder, who was testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
“I just really believe we need to embrace reality. And the reality is we need a jail, we don’t have one, and Gitmo is the only jail available,” Graham said.
President Obama promised during his 2008 campaign to close the prison facility on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, but he has faced strong congressional opposition.
Earlier in his questions Graham said that he favored finding an alternative to Guantanamo, adding that there are not the votes for closing the facility.