Even before the inauguration, President Obama’s top advisers settled on a course of action they were counseled against: announcing that they would close the facility within one year. Today, officials are acknowledging that they will be hard-pressed to meet that goal.
The White House has faltered in part because of the legal, political and diplomatic complexities involved in determining what to do with more than 200 terrorism suspects at the prison.
Duh. All these idiots in the press and running for office and voting for hope and change went on and on and on about this. Close it down. How hard can it be?
Well, it ain’t easy.
I like this part:
[White House Counsel Gregory B.] Craig said Thursday that some of his early assumptions were based on miscalculations, in part because Bush administration officials and senior Republicans in Congress had spoken publicly about closing the facility. “I thought there was, in fact, and I may have been wrong, a broad consensus about the importance to our national security objectives to close Guantanamo and how keeping Guantanamo open actually did damage to our national security objectives,” he said.
Ah. So it’s Bush’s fault that this rube didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.
Speaking of rubes, I wonder how all the Obama voters are feeling about this.