"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?
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.
It is time indeed to close this thing down.
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.
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
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.