Left and Right Agree: It’s a Disaster

You can’t say Obama isn’t bringing people together. The Obami’s favorite leftist think tank, the Center for American Progress, says that Obama’s gambit to close Guantanamo was characterized by “a series of mistakes and missteps by his administration that will delay the prison’s closure for months.” The center chides the administration for not really thinking things through. Not enough staff, no game plan once the closure policy was announced, and no push-back against the “fear-mongering” (that would be the opposition of the vast majority of the American people to moving terrorists to U.S. soil). And naturally, our allies didn’t want to help out:

“Many American allies are willing to help the United States and accept detainees, but quite reasonably expected the United States to share in the responsibility,” [Center scholar Ken] Gude wrote. “It is a hard sell for America’s allies to tell their citizens that they are accepting Guantanamo detainees even though the U.S. Congress feels that they are too dangerous for release in America.”

The center thinks closing Guantanamo is a grand idea, just ineptly executed. So the suggestion is to move back the deadline (no problem for an administration that doesn’t take deadlines all that seriously, at least when dealing with the Iranian mullahs), send the detainees to federal court, and send those convicted to SuperMax prisons or Bagram in Afghanistan (which perhaps can duplicate at great expense the exact facilities already in place at Guantanamo). Well, the prescription may not be acceptable to the American people or to Congress, but they got one thing right: Guantanamo isn’t closing anytime soon.

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Left and Right Agree: It’s a Disaster

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