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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.
Obama promised soon after taking office — and many times since — to close the prison, arguing that doing so is crucial to restoring America's image in the world and to creating a more effective anti-terror approach.
But eight months after Obama's pledge and with only four months to go before the January deadline, a number of difficult issues remain unresolved. They include establishment of a new set of rules for military trials, finding a location for a new prison to house detainees and finding host countries for those who can be released.
It really is a no brainier as to why Obama would delay the closure Guantanamo . Voters even those who support the dumb idea at hand wouldn't be to pleased with the notion of having the detainees any where near there backyard
The issue of torture aside Guantanamo Bay is a pretty good deal all a round the enemy combatants are housed away from any areas where they might be a threat to local civilian populations and the New Zealand tax payers doesnt contribute towards the housing of detainees that our forces took .
Originally posted by stevegmu
He'll just blame President Bush and Republicans, and the Obamainians will believe him.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
It could still very well happen within his first term.
UNITED NATIONS — For President Obama, the handshakes and hugs during his first visit to the United Nations last week masked a cold reality: nine months into his presidency, he is being forced to retool his most important foreign policy initiatives, from the war in Afghanistan to peace in the Middle East and his diplomatic overture to Iran.
Mr. Obama’s efforts to reach out to adversaries and break political deadlocks are running up against old enmities, insoluble differences and foreign leaders who simply do not see eye to eye with the president.