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Obama Preparing To Close Guantanamo

January 12, 2009

Elections Do Matter!

America’s reputation in the world is one of the two most pressing issues that Barack Obama faces as he takes the oath of office next week.  It is essential with President Bush gone from the White House that we start to again nurture respect for American leadership around the world.   Barack Obama as leader of the world’s superpower, can start to move in that direction by putting in place the process to close Guantanamo. It has rightfully earned us the scorn and anger from the world community.

Today comes word that this process for closure will start, perhaps on Day One of the Obama Administration.

Advisers to President-elect Barack Obama say one of his first duties in office will be to order the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. That executive order is expected during Obama’s first week on the job — and possibly on his first day, according to two transition team advisers. Both spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Obama’s order will direct his administration to figure out what to do with the estimated 250 al-QaidaandTaliban suspects and potential witnesses who are being held at Guantanamo.

It’s still unlikely the prison would be closed any time soon. Obama last weekend said it would be “a challenge” to close it even within the first 100 days of his administration.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2009 1:33 PM

    Obama is smart on so many levels for ordering the closure of Guantanamo. It has been a long time coming

  2. January 13, 2009 6:47 PM

    Let us clear up one thing.

    There is far more danger to this country, and our allies, from both a legal and ethical point of view, by keeping this horrible place open.

    I suspect you are not aware of the way this place has been used by our enemies as a tool for creating more resentment and hatred of America. We have done more to foster the hatred than dilute it over the past 8 years. Gitmo is one main reason. Maybe you want our nation to be hated everywhere. I want a different path for our nation.

    Finally, you never seem to grasp that only if we undo all the constitutional safegaurds do ‘they’ win. For it is our very way of life that some who bastardize the Koran hope to unravel. They could not do it with planes on 9/11. Though that killed thousands the bedrock of who we are can not be taken away,

    It can only be given away,

    And that is what the ‘Patriot Act’ and Gitmo have done.

    We kicked the crap out of the GOP so we could have our nation back. And we shall have it back. It will take time…..but we will prevail.

    And now it time to end Gitmo and return to an educated and thoughtful way to run the nation, and live in the world community.

    I had to watch while conservatives almost broke our nation in two….the least you can do is not complain as we pick up the pieces and start on the path to sanity again.

  3. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 13, 2009 5:23 PM

    Close Gitmo.

    A Clintonista with absolutely no intelligence experience who goes by the army manual of no harm to POWS to be in charge of the CIA.

    Unfettered amnesty for illegal aliens.

    And Coming Up: Dirty bombs go off in Cleveland and/or a major metro area near you.


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