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Obama’s ‘Jobs Council’ Closing, But Not Gitmo

From the New York Times:

Office Working to Close Guantánamo Is Shuttered

By CHARLIE SAVAGE | January 28, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. — The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel announcement. Mr. Fried’s office is being closed, and his former responsibilities will be “assumed” by the office of the department’s legal adviser, the notice said.

Notice that this news is not coming from a public announcement. It’s from an "internal personnel announcement."

The announcement that no senior official in President Obama’s second term will succeed Mr. Fried in working primarily on diplomatic issues pertaining to repatriating or resettling detainees appeared to signal that the administration does not currently see the closing of the prison as a realistic priority, despite repeated statements that it still intends to do so

Apparently, Obama wants to keep Guantanamo open in order to keep recruiting terrorists. After all, Obama has repeatedly said that Gitmo is just a terrorist recruiting tool.

But, in reality, it hardly matters since Obama is doing his best to free all the terrorists in Gitmo anyway.

Last July… the Pentagon repatriated a Sudanese man, Ibrahim al Qosi, after he pleaded guilty before a tribunal to conspiracy and supporting terrorism and served out his sentence as part of a deal.

Another Sudanese man who pleaded guilty to similar charges, Noor Uthman Muhammed, is scheduled to be repatriated in about a year…

In recent months, the federal appeals court in Washington has vacated guilty verdicts by tribunals against two other detainees convicted of similar charges — the only two detainees to date to be convicted after a trial, rather than through a plea deal — because the offenses were not international war crimes…

But , as Hillary might say, what difference does it make now? The elections are over and Obama has been safely re-elected.

Meanwhile, here is some remarkably similar news, via The Hill:

Obama faces dilemma over jobs council

By Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes | January 27, 2013

If President Obama does not reauthorize his job council this week, the move will likely spark criticism from Republicans and could disquiet some Democrats…

The Jobs Council has met in full only four times in its two-year existence, according to its own website, though it also held 18 “listening and action sessions” around the nation…

But doubt now hangs over the question of whether the council’s original charter will be extended beyond its two-year term, with a White House aide telling The Hill that it “was only intended” to last that long…

After all, we have full employment. So why do we need a jobs council?

Among the council’s recommendations were to reduce government regulations. But in his second term, Obama is expected to pursue a slew of mandates via regulations, most notably on climate change…

So Obama is even going against his how jobs council’s recommendations? What a shock!

Of course, climate change regulation, just like amnesty, will do wonders for the economy and jobs. Obama’s really got his priorities clear.

The council’s winding-down could be seen as emblematic of a shift in emphasis by the administration. While Obama fought his reelection campaign primarily on “kitchen table” issues and a promise to strengthen the middle class, he has turned increasingly toward traditional progressive goals such as gun control, environmental protection and immigration reform in recent weeks.

It’s "emblematic" of the fact that Obama has been re-elected. So he can stop pretending to care about the working man and the 12.2 million Americans who are still looking for work.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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