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Shocker: Closing Gitmo Is Not A Priority

The official word from Mr. Obama’s principle media organ, the New York Times:

Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

June 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.

When the White House acknowledged last year that it would miss Mr. Obama’s initial January 2010 deadline for shutting the prison, it also declared that the detainees would eventually be moved to one in Illinois. But impediments to that plan have mounted in Congress, and the administration is doing little to overcome them.

Be fair. The administration is buying the Thomson Prison facility in Illinois, against the express wish of the American people and their representatives in Congress.

“There is a lot of inertia” against closing the prison, “and the administration is not putting a lot of energy behind their position that I can see,” said Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and supports the Illinois plan. He added that “the odds are that it will still be open” by the next presidential inauguration.

And Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who also supports shutting it, said the effort is “on life support and it’s unlikely to close any time soon.” He attributed the collapse to some fellow Republicans’ “demagoguery” and the administration’s poor planning and decision-making “paralysis.”

Of course, this is the fault of the Republicans. Mr. Obama is powerless against them.

The White House insists it is still determined to shutter the prison. The administration argues that Guantánamo is a symbol in the Muslim world of past detainee abuses, citing military views that its continued operation helps terrorists.

“Our commanders have made clear that closing the detention facility at Guantánamo is a national security imperative, and the president remains committed to achieving that goal,” said a White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt.

They couldn’t get a first (Robert Gibbs) or even second string (Bill Burton) liar to say that whopper.

Still, some senior officials say privately that the administration has done its part, including identifying the Illinois prison — an empty maximum-security center in Thomson, 150 miles west of Chicago — where the detainees could be held. They blame Congress for failing to execute that endgame.

“The president can’t just wave a magic wand to say that Gitmo will be closed,” said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking on a sensitive issue

That’s odd. Mr. Obama was doing plenty of waving of magic wands and declaring Gitmo would be closed during the campaign and even when he was inaugurated.

Several administration officials expressed hope that political winds might shift if, for example, high-level Qaeda leaders are killed, or if lawmakers focus on how expensive it is to operate a prison at the isolated base.

A recent Pentagon study, obtained by The New York Times, shows taxpayers spent more than $2 billion between 2002 and 2009 on the prison. Administration officials believe taxpayers would save about $180 million a year in operating costs if Guantánamo detainees were held at Thomson, which they hope Congress will allow the Justice Department to buy from the State of Illinois at least for federal inmates.

We are supposed to believe that rebuilding and refitting a prison and training and staffing it with union workers would be cheaper than maintaining a prison run by the military?

These people will lie about anything.

In any case, one senior official said, even if the administration concludes that it will never close the prison, it cannot acknowledge that because it would revive Guantánamo as America’s image in the Muslim world.

“Guantánamo is a negative symbol, but it is much diminished because we are seen as trying to close it,” the official said

You see, the terrorists will no longer use Guantanamo as a recruiting tool, since they know that Mr. Obama tried to do the right thing.

Just like our watchdog media, they know that all that really matters is Mr. Obama’s good intentions.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Shocker: Closing Gitmo Is Not A Priority”

  1. JohnMG says:

    First this;

    …..”The administration argues that Guantánamo is a symbol in the Muslim world of past detainee abuses……”

    Then this;

    …..”Several administration officials expressed hope that political winds might shift if, for example, high-level Qaeda leaders are killed…..”

    So let me get this straight. Holding their people alive at Gitmo pisses them off, but killing them deader than easy credit……well they’re OK with that!

    Who put the children in charge?

  2. proreason says:

    “Still, some senior officials say privately that the administration has done its part, including identifying the Illinois prison ”

    whew. Good to know the administration, as usual, has been johnny on the spot. Once a perfect record is broken, all hell can break loose.

    But when you get right down to it, Gitmo IS a lesser priority, now that it’s primary mission has been successfully completed….which was, of course, duping the American public into electing a half-wit, American hating racist communist who is now 18 months into dismantling the greatest country of all time.

    Now, the cabals’ attention must necessarilly shift to disguising the agenda for enough additional months so that they can reach the point of no-return in crippling the economy. So far, the plan is working magnificantly, with no signs of a reversal.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”Gitmo IS a lesser priority, now that it’s primary mission has been successfully completed….which was, of course, duping the American public into electing a half-wit, American hating racist communist who is now 18 months into dismantling the greatest country of all time…….”

      It’s a long time to the 2012 elections but I’m in favor of Obama serving TWO terms……….one in office and one in PRISON! What delicious irony if it should be in Thomson Illinois.

  3. Chuckk says:

    The whole Gitmo controversy was made up from the very beginning. These people are going to be kept in jail somewhere, be it Gitmo, Iraq, Illinois, or wherever. Why keeping them in Gitmo is so much worse than keeping them elsewhere is a problem spun for political reasons only.

  4. canary says:

    Letting those muslim women play volley ball with the Gitmo prisoners was a great move.

    Terrorist empathizing Obama & his harem of greedy attorneys aren’t getting a lot of complaints. The liberals are more intent on bankrupting America in the name of global warming.


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