We will now see if Obama will keep a promise: To close Gitmo.
"That's a challenge," Obama said on ABC's "This Week." "I think it's going to
take some time and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national
security apparatus as we speak to help design exactly what we need to do.
"But I don't want to be ambiguous about this," he said. "We are going to
close Guantanamo and we are going to make sure that the procedures we set up are
ones that abide by our constitution."
What do with them is the big question. Do you want them in your city? Obama has a huge problem. Throughout the campaign, Obama blasted Bush over Gitmo, FISA, and torture.
Obama sided with Bush on FISA, much to the chagrin of the liberal base. Remember Olbermann's hysterical rant against Bush and warrent-less wiretaps? Do you remember his rant when Obama voted for warrant-less wiretaps?
Now Obama can put his money where his rhetoric is. What will he do?
I think Obama will close Gitmo. He will issue an Exec Order to close Gitmo with a timetable. Remember Obama really likes timetables. I say he will mandate Gitmo to be closed in 4 years, with the possibility to extend another 4 depending on circumstances. (how his reelection looks like)
As what to do with the prisoners, you just need to look at Obama new CIA cheif, Leon Panetta.
Leon served as White House Chief of Staff under Clinton. President Clinton had the same problem as Obama will have, what do to with prisoners hell bent on the destruction of the US. Prisoners that could get out of jail on technicalities in the system. What did Clinton do? What did Panetta help Clinton do? Send them to other countries, countries with history of torture. Let those countries get the information the US wants. Eli Lake at the Washington Times has a great piece on "extraordinary rendition."
Leon Panetta, served as White House chief of staff during the time the Clinton
administration accelerated a practice of kidnapping terrorist suspects and
sending them to countries with records of torturing prisoners, human rights
organizations and former U.S. officials say.
Now that's change I can believe in. At least now, when a liberal friend or colleague says anything about Bush and torture, you can have a quick come back. Obama is just another Bush. On everything Foreign Policy, Obama has sided with Bush over his Liberal Base.
Obama will close Gitmo to appease his base, but at the same time, he knows that he can't let these prisoners into the civil court system, where they will be free on technicalities.