Close Guantanamo? Think Twice, Obama Now Says

Contrary to his firm promise to “close Guantanamo in the first 100 days of my administration,” Barak Obama now appears to have been faced with yet another instance of cold reality taking precedence over breezy campaign promises.

Gitmo closure appears to be another backing off that a laudatory press labels “pragmatism” but hard core supports and anti-Guantanamo activists interpret as a broken pledge.

Speaking with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama said “I think it’s going to take some time [to close Guantanamo] and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national security apparatus as we speak to help design exactly what we need to do. It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize.”

Including, one suspects, Obama himself when he was a high-flying candidate speaking easily and without the weight of presidential office heavy upon him.

Obama went on to summarize a fairly succinct list of issues associated with precipitate closure. “Part of the challenge that you have is that you have a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom may be very dangerous who have not been put on trial or have not gone through some adjudication. And some of the evidence against them may be tainted even though it’s true. And so how to balance creating a process that adheres to rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system, by doing it in a way that doesn’t result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.”

In other words, we may not be able to convict some of these detainees in a US court but they are still very dangerous people. Score one for Obama for finally recognizing that essential truth.

He concluded this portion of the interview with what are becoming classic Obamaisms: long on ideas; short on specifics. “I don’t want to be ambiguous about this,” he told Stephanopoulos . “We are going to close Guantanamo.” When? How? Details to follow.

With pressure building in both houses of Congress for closure, and with Senators and Representatives certain that their ideas are the best way to go forward, Guantanamo closure has all the potential to be another in a growing list of divisive issues over which Congress and the White House will clash.

Meanwhile, the clamor from the increasingly disappointed Obama supporters on the left wing of the political spectrum grows daily.

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One Response to “Close Guantanamo? Think Twice, Obama Now Says”

  1. G3 Says:

    BO will close GITMO, and then perhaps open it under a different name?

    Its refreshing to see that BO isn’t so principled that he’ll enact the fluff he ran on so far, but seems more intent with keeping zero attacks on US soil — cause that would really tank his re-election hopes if he closed GITMO and then we were hit again.

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