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Obama promised in 2008 that, if elected, he would close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as soon as he arrived at the White House. Of course, once elected, he learned that was much easier promised than done. Relocating inmates in the states was wildly unpopular with voters and nervous legislators, while few other countries would take the hardened jihadis.
Over his second term, President Obama has gotten much more comfortable governing via executive order. He pens a memo, tells his agencies to proceed accordingly, and hopes the courts don’t interfere too much. Republicans in Congress whine for a half-day, then get back to work passing whatever legislation Obama needs rubber-stamped that week.
Guess what, America: Obama’s going to close GITMO if it’s the last thing he does… and it just might be.
The White House is in the “final stages” of a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday… “The administration is in fact in the final stages of drafting a plan to safely and responsibly (close) the prison at Guantanamo Bay and to present that to Congress,” Earnest said.
“That has been something that our national security officials have been working on for quite some time, primarily because it is a priority of the president.”
…The Guantanamo US military facility is also opposed by the Cuban government, with which the US recently restored diplomatic relations. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called for the return of the territory to Cuba while in Washington Monday.
…Earnest said he was concerned about seeing Congress “repeatedly impede the effort to close the prison at Guantanamo bay despite bipartisan agreement that closing the prison is actually in the national security interest of the United States.”
Just under half of the detainees remaining have been cleared to leave but have yet to be resettled or repatriated.
Democrats desperate for re-election would at least publicly oppose throwing open the prison gates prior to Nov. 8, 2016. But does anyone think Obama will hesitate closing the facility in the weeks following? If he could get away with it, he’d give the entire facility to Cubans before the next president took office.
After the jihadis have been FedEx-ed to disreputable governments around the world or prisons around the country, no judge will drag them back to GITMO. It will be a fait accompli. This president can do a lot of damage before he leaves office, and I expect him to.Published in