Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rethinking Gitmo?

The Associated Press is reporting that “Sixty-one detainees who have been released from the U.S. Navy base prison in Cuba are believed to have rejoined the fight, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. That's up from 37 previously… The new figures come as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to issue an executive order during his first week in office to close the controversial prison. It's unlikely, however, that the Guantanamo detention facility will be closed anytime soon as Obama weighs what to do with the estimated 250 al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighter suspects who remain there.”

It’s going to be a little difficult for President-elect Barack Obama to turn around this particular fast moving train.

Even before it has been installed in office, the Obama administration “modified” several seemingly non-negotiable positions it affirmed during the lately concluded campaign.

Obama won quite a few votes, not to mention monetary pledges, on the left by stating early in his campaign that all troops should have been withdrawn from Iraq last April. Had anyone heeded his advice, Iraq would not now be largely pacified, a credit that the angels of Obama’s better nature no doubt would be willing to bestow upon the outgoing Bush administration.

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