Will Guantanamo be closed during Obama's presidency?
Settled on 01/22/2013 21:51 by kruijs
settled question on option 'No'.
It was a campaign promise guaranteed by Obama on the road to the White House and signing an executive order to close Gitmo was one of the first things he did following his January 2009 inauguration. “This is me following through on not just a commitment I made during the campaign, but I think an understanding that dates back to our founding fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct, not just when it's easy, but also when it's hard,” Obama said at the time.
Almost three years later, however, the cells at Gitmo are still packed and dozens of men are imprisoned for crimes that they very well may have had nothing to do with.
The president says he is working on it.
“The commitment that the president has to closing Guantanamo Bay is as firm today as it was during the (2008) campaign,” White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted on Monday. But for the many who understood and viewed the Gitmo problem as a serious issue that needed to be addressed by anyone would could bring hope and change to an America crushed under two terms of the George W Bush administration, that commitment is a campaign promise gone abandoned and all but forgotten.
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