Let’s refresh that Guantanamo discussion

22 10 2012

Prior to the final Presidential candidate debate on Monday, I thought this a good time to refresh the memory about Obama’s promise to close Guantanamo.

It is not closed.

Now, I think the fact that it remains open is a good thing – I didn’t think it should be closed. I’d rather have trials for terrorists held in a corner of Cuba than on U.S. soil.

But what Guantanamo does is focus on a broken promise from Obama. He wants to chide Romney for changing his position, but this change from Obama is drastic. He focused on Guantanamo so much it was one of the first items of business on his first day in office.

My repeatable recap on Guantanamo is here. Let’s see if this gets brought up in the debate.


Guantanamo: Repeatable Recap

26 05 2009

Some repeatable tidbits on Obama’s promise to close Guantanamo prison in a year:

January 21, 2009: Obama suspends military commissions stopping prosecution of 21 detainees for 120 days. Says courts or civilian trials is the way to prosecute the detainees. Said that the Bush decision to have military commissions is “an enormous failure”.

¬†January 22, 2009: Obama signs order to close Gitmo within a year. Orders interrogations must follow army manual. Announces no plan on what to do with the 350 prisoners located at the Cuba-based base. Says Gitmo needs to close because it “weakens national security.”

February 20, 2009: Pentagon says Gitmo meets standards of Geneva convention.

March 13, 2009: Obama drops the term” enemy combatant”

May 12, 2009: Obama administration said they would not support the release of detainee torture photos, after originally saying they would not fight a court order to turn over 44 photos requested by the American Civil Liberties Union.

May 15, 2009: Obama reinstates military commissions rather than civilian trials.

May 20, 2009: U.S. Senate votes 90 – 6 to prohibit funding to transfer, release, or incarcerate detainees at Guantanamo Bay to or within the United States

May 22, 2009: Obama gives National Security Speech at 10:10 a.m., minutes before former Vice President Dick Cheney was scheduled to give a speech to the American Enterprise Institute at 10:45 a.m. – trying to get edge on national security debate that the former Vice President was winning.

May 27, 2009:  49% of Americans oppose closing Guantanamo.

REPEATABLE: Obama’s announcement to close Guantanamo without a plan on how to do so is unraveling. His democratic base has just voted not to fund it and close to half of Americans oppose it.