Anniversary of the Guantanamo Closure Executive Order

One year ago:

President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said.

One year later:

…the Obama administration is still struggling to find the political muscle, diplomatic dexterity and cash from Congress to implement those tough, often unpopular decisions about the remaining detainees.

As one of his very first acts as president, Obama signed an executive order to close the military prison for terror suspects within a year. The one-year mark arrives Friday, and he will miss it by a wide margin, likely a year or more.

And no help from fellow Dems:

President Barack Obama’s Republican foes unveiled legislation Thursday aiming to restrict his ability to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees overseas, notably to places like Yemen.

The measure, unveiled on the eve of what was once Obama’s target date for closing the notorious facility, was unlikely to attract enough support from the president’s Democratic allies to become law.

Just another in a series of letdowns.


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