Obama: I Will Order Guantanamo Closed … One Day
Hold the presses! President-elect Obama will issue an executive order in his first week in office requiring the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay to be closed…or at least the process of planning the closure of Guantanamo to begin…. or the process of thinking about a plan to do something about Guantanamo…or something like that. AP reports:
executive order his first week in office — and perhaps his first day — to close the U.S. military prison at , according to two advisers. It’s unlikely the at the Navy base in will be closed anytime soon. In an interview last weekend, Obama said it would be “a challenge” to close it even within the first 100 days of his administration.is preparing to issue an
The two advisers said the executive order will direct the new administration to look at each of the cases of the Guantanamo detainees to see whether they can be released or if they should still be held — and if so, where.
Uh, isn’t that what the Bush Administration has been doing over the past four years, at least, during which time they released over 800 of the original detainees at Guantanamo, and what past and future Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been advocating all along? Will the order scrap the current CSRT system? I doubt it. The plan, I assume, is to look like the Obama Administration is doing something different, when in fact they are not really going to do anything. If the rest of the world buys into this, then this really is change we can believe in!