Broken Promises: Obama Closes Guantanamo Closing Office

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Remember when President Obama was campaigning on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility?

Well, he’s finally gotten around to closing something related to Gitmo:

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.

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.

Mr. Fried will become the department’s coordinator for sanctions policy and will work on issues including Iran and Syria.

So what happened? Maybe the reality of Guantanamo Bay and who is detained there set in. America got beat up, a lot, over Gitmo. Our international neighbors were quick to condemn us for it. What they weren’t so quick to do is accept back within the borders the dangerous terrorists we’re holding there. And not only that, but when President Obama started exploring options to move the detainees to a prison inside the United States allowing him to close down Gitmo in name if not in spirit he faced bi-partisan opposition from Democrat and Republican members of Congress, none of whom wanted to sign off on moving a bunch of terrorists into their back yard.

So Gitmo remains open, because while there are plenty of people who will condemn the detention facility, there aren’t a lot of people willing to be part of the solution for closing it.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    And now that he doesn’t need to worry about facing another election watch him leave his peeps in the lurch repeatedly. After all – he does have more flexibility now, after the election.

  • Thresherman

    Gitmo made Bush and Cheney war criminals in the eyes of many liberals, but will they accuse Obama and Biden of the same for adhering to the same policies? Not a snowman’s chance in hell. To liberal it is not what you do but who is doing it that matters.

    • Matthew Hawkins

      He didn’t adhere to the same policy. He tried to close and was stopped by Congress.

      • Onslaught1066

        He was stopped by his super majority that he had in his first two years?

        Got it.

        “My grasp of fact is not the best; in truth it is quite tenuous
        My view of history, ‘bout the same, is fractured, filtered, nebulous.
        A hurtful hate-filled vile vicious low down no good dirty rat
        I am the very model of a modern liberal democrat.”

        • Matthew

          Do you even know what supermajority means? How about filibuster?

          • Onslaught1066

            Supermajority means never having a filibuster, obviously you are the ignorant one here.

            If Dumb-O had got every dem vote he could have done whatever he wanted in those first two years, including shutting down Gitmo.

            “My grasp of fact is not the best; in truth it is quite tenuous
            My view of history, ‘bout the same, is fractured, filtered, nebulous.
            A hurtful hate-filled vile vicious low down no good dirty rat
            I am the very model of a modern liberal democrat.”

          • Matthew Hawkins

            He had 59 Senate votes, you need 60 to defeat a filibuster.

          • Onslaught1066

            He had 60 dem votes in the Senate between 2009 and 2010.

            He could have closed Gitmo then and did not.

            Let’s hear your next excuse.

            This is fun!

          • slackwarerobert

            As I recall we had a bill ordering bush to build a fence somewhere? I can’t find said fence so you obviously don’t have to obey the law in the white house. So why does he not pull a bush and put them in the fences foundation under tons of concrete on the mexican side so there is no conflict.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Would that have been all 57 states and the outlying territories then?

            BWHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAAA!

          • slackwarerobert

            Don’t forget hawaii isn’t a state, it is part of asia, so there is another state hiding out there somewhere.

          • slackwarerobert

            Well grasp this, you can filibuster, it only makes them debate the issue for 72 hours. But at least they have to debate it, and that is what scared off ried. “We have to let these terrorists loose on the people so we will have a crises to use to enslave the idiots.”

          • slackwarerobert

            You can’t filibuster foreign governments. Cuba is not even a us territory.

      • slackwarerobert

        Who on gitmo is not military personnel? obama can order them off the island anytime he wants and congress can’t do a thing about it. Are you implying he can order troops to invade a sovereign country without the congress, but he can’t order them to go home, or go help with the invasion?

        • Onslaught1066

          And then there’s always the ever popular “Executive Action”.

          • slackwarerobert

            Alas the “prisoners” are not government employees so he can’t order them to do anything.

  • WOOF

    American’s Fear Factor
    Punks got what they wanted.
    Total number of detainees ever incarcerated at Guantánamo: 779
    Yearly cost to hold each captive at Guantánamo instead of federal prison: $800,000
    Detainees released under President Bush: over 500
    Detainees transferred, repatriated or resettled under Obama: 72.5
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Dj7a3CB_jCQJ:http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/USLS-Fact-Sheet-Gitmo-Numbers.pdf%2Bguantanamo+cost&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&client=firefox-a&hl=en&ct=clnk

    • slackwarerobert

      What did they do with the half a body? Did it get it’s own cell? Can you water board the lower half of a body? I would assume that is the half you keep so they can’t get their virgins.

      • WOOF

        Half way houses

  • Felina Flash

    Sometimes it is better to leave malignant tumors where they are …. in this case … it’s Gitmo. Let them rot where they are.

    • slackwarerobert

      Just wish they would get rid of the soccer fields, and 5 star meals. let them eat left over korean war c-rations.

      • Onslaught1066

        Better yet, Civil War Hardtack.

  • slackwarerobert

    supreme idiots made closing it so simple. Lock the cells, and obama can order all the military off the island. Perfectly legal to starve people to death if they haven’t been charged with a crime. obama wanted to build a new gitmo when we have no money, and he wanted it where they could escape like the latest prison break in chicago. Or you could put them all in the hold of the uss cole, and have it “sink” while transferring them. fortunately all hands survived, sadly no one brought the keys to unlock the chains. Guess the hole they blew in it weakened the structure.

  • slackwarerobert

    Almost forgot the democrat solution…. Load on a ship take them to guam, put them all on one side of the island so it capsizes and they all drown.

  • slackwarerobert

    Why is the state department running a prison? How is american interest served by them locking up people without a trial? How can they claim syria who had a trial and found the catholic guilty is violating international rights, when hillery is locking them up for even longer sentences without even a trial?

  • slackwarerobert

    So, declare war. You can’t filibuster a declaration of war. You can keep pow’s on american soil. Of course you would have to fight a war, but other than that little snag, nothing stopping obama from doing the right thing.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    An even larger idea here is that an individual candidate is not a savior. In many ways, politicians are locked into certain choices. I suspect Obama was locked into the same choices regarding Gitmo that Bush made.

    • slackwarerobert

      No, bush was not breaking the law, obama is breaking the law, he signed an executive order to close it.

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