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Published: Friday, May 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"The problem is that Obama has contributed to the crisis by acquiescing in congressional obstruction of his promise to close the facility. "

Obama cant really do much without congress.

It is increasingly clear that the GOP has as a goal, opposing anything Obama.

Pat Toomey sums it up perfectly.

“There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it,” Toomey said.

THIS is why Guantanamo is still Open.

How can a country run like this?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

On May 20, 2009, as part of a war-funding request, the Senate voted 90 to 6 against appropriating $80 million to close Guantanamo. “Americans don’t want some of the most dangerous men alive coming here,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor of the chamber, adding that he commended Senate Democrats for “fulfilling their oversight responsibilities.”

Doubts were beginning to creep into the White House. In June 2009, Congress, as part of a supplemental war-funding bill, banned the transfer of Guantanamo detainees into the United States except for prosecution.
(Washington Post 2011)

Plenty of blame to go around--Obama didn't push hard enough. But given the intransigence of Congressional Republicans on even non-controversial issues, it is unlikely that more engagement by Obama would've made a difference.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It is time indeed to close this thing down.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

So where do we put them at? American Fork Utah? They were picked up on the battlefield, and Gitmo is the best place for them. If there is a few pickedup elsewhere, then they need to be trialed. When the war on terror is over, then they can be released just as we did in WWII.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I won't to close GITMO because I'm not what the cost is to have a naval base on Cuba to monitor the Castro menace, but I'm sure it's not cheap.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

The so-called war on terror will never be over, in part because it has no official enemy. And saying they were "picked up on the battlefield" doesn't mean they WERE.

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