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Breaking: White House Finally Admits that Guantanamo Bay May Not Be Closed by January 2010

Another Friday night, another document dump by the Obama administration. Greta Van Susteren just announced this breaking news on her show. The president is now admitting that he won't be able to meet his deadline of closing Guantanamo Bay by January of 2010. I think most of us knew the president could never meet that deadline. Well, I think most of us hoped the administration would realize that it could never meet that deadline and keep the nation safe at the same time.

Here's the AP report:

The White House acknowledged for the first time Friday that it might not be able to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay by January as President Barack Obama has promised.

Senior administration officials told The Associated Press that difficulties in completing the lengthy review of detainee files and resolving thorny legal and logistical questions mean the president's self-imposed January deadline may slip. Obama remains as committed to closing the facility as he was when, as one of his first acts in office, he pledged to shut it down, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to more freely discuss the sensitive issue.

The president signed his executive order to close Gitmo shortly after being sworn in as president. I guess Obama is coming to the realization that campaigning and governing are two very different things.


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Well Duh!! I was going to ... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

Well Duh!! I was going to bet the day he said he was going to close Gitmo that it will STILL be open come election time, IN 2012!! Everything Obama says comes with an expiration date, EVERYTHING.

Just another instance where... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Just another instance where I am glad to see the president fail. Here is to many more failures to come. Cheers.

Once upon a time, Obama hea... (Below threshold)
kathie:

Once upon a time, Obama heard Bush say that he wanted to close Gitmo. Thinking that surely Bush had a plan, as he had a plan for everything else, Obama jumped into office and signed a paper that said he would close Gitmo. The problem was that Bush didn't leave a blue print for closing Gitmo, because when Bush said he wanted to close Gitmo it was just wistful thinking, nothing more. Bush really knew that there were no good option for closing Gitmo, and that is the truth.

"The problem was that Bu... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

"The problem was that Bush didn't leave a blue print for closing Gitmo, because when Bush said he wanted to close Gitmo it was just wistful thinking, nothing more"

When Bush said he's close down Gitmo it wasn't wishful thinking - it was a lie. A campaign lie.

Delivering on these promises is always more difficult, especially when paranoid schizophrenics have blogs from which they can trumpet lines like "Well, I think most of us hoped the administration would realize that it could never meet that deadline and keep the nation safe at the same time."
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Cause you know -- remember 9/11 - if only we'd have had Gitmo back then the WTC tragedy never would have happened!

Oh wait, that's lunacy. I guess that paranoia thing must be catching.

Vic

"Delivering on these promis... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Delivering on these promises is always more difficult, especially when paranoid schizophrenics have blogs..."

VIC do you ever get tired of making excuses for The One? These are the kinds of comments where people tell you that you're so full of shit. And their right!

Barry was ABSOLUTE, (what me to drag up the YouTube vid?). He was going to close Gitmo. No IF's, No Maybe's, No Buts.

Well now he's finding out what Bush already knew. SAYING SO, wasn't going to be as easy as making it so.

So admit it VIC. YOUR GUY didn't know what the fuck he was talking about. It's not hard to see that VIC, he demonstrates it on a daily basis.

If you can't take the heat VIC, stay over at DK and HuffPo with your friends.


Vic..... having Gitmo priso... (Below threshold)
kathie:

Vic..... having Gitmo prisoners on American soil would be really stupid. It would just give the loons an excuse to blow something else up, prisons instead of buildings. How anyone can sanely claim that we would be safer with Gitmo closed I can't fathom. The Jihadis don't care where we hold their guys, they care that we hold them. So it is a big lie that we would be safer. That is why Bush did not have a plan, because he knew there was no other place to put the prisoners.

"How anyone can sanely clai... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"How anyone can sanely claim that we would be safer with Gitmo closed I can't fathom."

Because Barry says so. And it's "so not Bush".

But be easy on Barry, he is CONTINUING many of the BUSH programs. He just tries to make sure it doesn't leak to the press.

Have to admit that it is FUNNY when Barry takes a different path and it blows up in his face.

So Bush was just lying then... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

So Bush was just lying then -- he didn't have any intention of closing Gitmo. It was just another Republican lie.

Vic

And what about <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
Victory is Ours:

And what about Najibullah Zazi the terrorist that was just arrested in New York.

Look at how Gitmo scared this guy and his accomplices away from their plot to detonate bombs on the anniversary of 9/11.

NOT!

Are you guys up on current events, and just don't realize how stupid it sounds when you make statements like "Gitmo makes us safer" ? Or do you guys just lie like Bush?

Vic

Just in time for plasticide... (Below threshold)
914:

Just in time for plasticides to set in!!

"Delivering on these promises is always more difficult, especially when paranoid schizophrenics have blogs from which they can trumpet lines like "Well, I think most of us hoped the administration would realize that it could never meet that deadline and keep the nation of Iran safe at the same time?"

My sentiments exactly!!

Obama's words are meant to ... (Below threshold)
sam:

Obama's words are meant to fool morons like VIC. They should not be taken seriously. Neither the word nor the morons.

Hey VIC, the thread is abou... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey VIC, the thread is about Barry, remember?

You know, the guy who said HE WOULD CLOSE GITMO IN ONE YEAR?

How's that working out VIC?

Face it ya dumb ass Obama worshiper. Barry didn't know what the fuck he was talking about. As usual.

Posted by the troll... ["Th... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Posted by the troll... ["The problem was that Bush didn't leave a blue print for closing Gitmo, because when Bush said he wanted to close Gitmo it was just wistful thinking, nothing more"

When Bush said he's close down Gitmo it wasn't wishful thinking - it was a lie. A campaign lie.]...

According to the quote which the troll cites, Bush said he wanted to close down Gitmo, not that he would. The troll then misrepresented what it cited. Big surprise.

Unfortunately for SAUD, VIC... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Unfortunately for SAUD, VIC, Adrian, et al;
they're world is slowly falling apart. Nov 5, 2008 was their heyday. They owned Congress and the White House. The "Stimulus" passed easily. Crap and Tax sailed through the House easily. Republicans 'were no longer relevant'. The New Age was dawning. Universal "free" health care was next. Then things started falling apart. THIS WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN! Recovery? Stalled. Crap and tax? Stalled. Health Care? Stalled? The World was supposed to LOVE US! North Korea - stalemate. Iran - still working on nukes, thank you. Israel - Palestine, no movement.

So what do we get from the 'usual suspects'?
Excuses. "It's all Bush's fault". "The mob/terrorists/confused people/corporate tools/Nazis don't know what's good for them. Our "smart diplomacy" will start working any time now, just you wait. And wait. "ACORN's not guilty." "Cash for Clunkers" was a resounding success! Just you wait. More people will be buying cars any day now.
Well the August durable goods and new housing figures are in for August AND THE FIGURES ARE DOWN! Looks like some of those 'green shoots' are withering. Funemployment is likely continue in the double digits for the foreseeable future. You know, the number that was never supposed to go above 8% because of the masterful planning of The One? Bernake says 'the recession is ending'. Does anyone believe him?

Can hardly wait for the next BIG PROGRAM and subsequent FAILURE AND EXCUSES.

I am not sure at all that O... (Below threshold)
Rick Caird:

I am not sure at all that Obama believes campaigning and governing are two different things. Whenever Obama encounters push back, his first instinct is to give a campaign speech. When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

And what about Naj... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:
And what about Najibullah Zazi the terrorist that was just arrested in New York.

Look at how Gitmo scared this guy and his accomplices away from their plot to detonate bombs on the anniversary of 9/11.

NOT!

Are you guys up on current events, and just don't realize how stupid it sounds when you make statements like "Gitmo makes us safer" ? Or do you guys just lie like Bush?

Vic

We are safer with GITMO because we deny the enemy more men and knowledge to carry out attacks. You lock up the scum to protect society.

"Breaking: White House Fina... (Below threshold)
914:

"Breaking: White House Finally Admits that Guantanamo Bay May Not Be Closed by January 2010"

It will remain open as long as it can be blamed on George Bush. It will close no sooner and no later than this pastime serves its purpose.

"Are you guys up on current... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Are you guys up on current events, and just don't realize how stupid it sounds when you make statements like "Gitmo makes us safer" ?"

"Look at how Gitmo scared this guy and his accomplices"

According to VIC's logic, we should open all the jails and prisons and let everyone go.

VIC's motto: "When ya got nothin' throw shit everywhere."

You're right VIC/JFO. ... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

You're right VIC/JFO.

Thank the lord our new President doesn't lie.


I got an idea. Let's relocate these poor, innocent, disenfranchised guys to Detroit, Philly, SF, etc (pick your leftest heaven of choice). You all love 'um so much you can have them for neighbors.

vic - "When Bush said h... (Below threshold)
Marc:

vic - "When Bush said he's close down Gitmo it wasn't wishful thinking - it was a lie. A campaign lie."

Horseshit, I bet you "want" a blowjob from Megan Fox, the fact you want one and you'd have a better chance at attracting Richard Simmons doesn't make your desire a "lie."

"Cause you know -- remember 9/11 - if only we'd have had Gitmo back then the WTC tragedy never would have happened!"

Well yes, if KSM was in a Gitmo type facility prior to 9/11 and considering he was the chief planner of the attack it may not have happened.

Guess you missed that.

Granfan - "Bernake says... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Granfan - "Bernake says 'the recession is ending'. Does anyone believe him?

Bernake also said under oath before Congress the Fed wouldn't monetize our debt.

Less than a month later the Fed put 5 bil on the market that was bought by the private sector, a few days later the same notes were purchased by the Fed with printed money thus fueling potential inflation AND producing a false bump in the stock market.

Bernake lied - the U.S. dollar will eventually die as a result of obama monetary policies.

And in other news: Water is... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

And in other news: Water is wet.

Currently there's an execut... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Currently there's an executive order in effect to close Guantanamo Bay by January 2010. Such an order doesn't just go away. Obama has put himself in the position where he has to order Guantanamo Bay to stay open longer than currently scheduled.

If Guantanamo was ever a rallying cry for terrorists as the left has loudly claimed, Obama will certainly inflame that situation when he orders it to remain open. As some world leaders have already observed, Obama's international policies are amateurish. And to think the left was all in a huff about Palin not being ready for the Presidency.

"And to think the left was ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"And to think the left was all in a huff about Palin not being ready for the Presidency."

Well Barry had all that "executive experience". Just don't push for the exact details. Barry's always been vague on details. Like how to pay for new government entitlement programs without increasing the deficit.

But no worries. Barry always has a "plan".

I am still laughing. VIC sa... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am still laughing. VIC says Bush lies while we are discussing Obama's lie. Precious.

I knew it when he said it that Gitmo couldn't be closed but you lefties fell for the propaganda. You must be feeling very embarassed by now. Obama's ineptness is revealed daily. The only thing he has is his orating skills and most are tired of hearing him. ww

I have a better idea why do... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

I have a better idea why dont we close the UN instead have the whole area bulldozed and turn the area into a theme park




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