Gitmo Won’t Be Closing Any Time Soon

White House Regroups on Guantanamo

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.


  1. Now that the Administration is holding the reins, and seeing the limited real-world options that are really on the table, and oh-by-they-way the buck stops with them now, they are suddenly discovering that almost every aspect of “Bush’s War” was actually put in place for a reason! Imagine that! It’s almost like Bush wasn’t just a power hungry fascist. I’m sure the last administration will get a big apology from the current one any day now. The press will be sure to point out everything I just said, to be fair to all parties.

    Party politics and political ideology are so poisonous to national security. I’m just happy to see that this administration isn’t actually so deluded as to believe its own campaign rhetoric.

  2. It is actually very straightforward. Just do what used to happen in foreign enclaves in China, put them outside. After all, they would be in Cuba anyway if the enclave were closed the way Cuba wants. (Though I really don’t see why they don’t close it anyway – it doesn’t serve much of a purpose these days that other things don’t do better and cheaper.)

  3. “I thought there was, in fact, and I may have been wrong, a broad consensus…”

    Clue: ASK next time! Sheesh.

    Another “dog ate my homework” excuse from that team: it’s taking so long because the detainee files were “in disarray.” Darn Bushies can’t even keep files in order! {g} Although, in this case the newbs were allegedly confused because said files were electronic, and they were expecting paper references.

    It’s all Bush’s fault.

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