Obama: I Want To Close Guantanamo

Looks like the Guantanamo hunger strikers have caught the attention of US President Obama. From USA Today:

President Obama said Tuesday that his administration would re-engage Congress on closing the U.S. military-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, calling the facility a “recruitment tool for extremists” and suggesting it is undermining U.S. security.

“It needs to be closed,” Obama said at a White House news conference marking the first 100 days of his second term. “I’m going to go back at this.”

Obama’s comments come as military officials say that as many 100 prisoners at Guantanamo are engaged in a hunger strike.

With the situation getting more difficult, the Pentagon in recent days dispatched 40 additional Navy medical personnel to Guantanamo to deal with the hunger strikers. They bolstered a staff of about 100, said Lt. Col. Samuel House, a base spokesman.

Obama had vowed in his 2008 presidential campaign to close Guantanamo during his first year in office but failed to get it done in his first term.

“It’ is not a surprise to me that we are having problems in Guantanamo,” Obama said. Obama called Guantanamo unsafe and expensive and said it lessens cooperation with U.S. allies…

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  • sveltesvengali

    “…and it lessens cooperation with US allies.”

    Brings to mind the fact that you can just send prisoners to be tortured elsewhere with less accountability.

    In any event, commendable as the president’s statement might seem, I almost doubt that it will go anywhere or anything will be done about it.

  • sveltesvengali

    “…and it lessens cooperation with US allies.”

    Brings to mind the fact that you can just send prisoners to be tortured elsewhere with less accountability.

    In any event, commendable as the president’s statement might seem, I almost doubt that it will go anywhere or anything will be done about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/delboy1978uk Derek McLean

    yay! close guantanamo!
    you’ve only spent your first term setting up the next place!
    and you’ll look like a hero!

    what a guy! oh, bama! you’re our saviour!

  • http://www.facebook.com/delboy1978uk Derek McLean

    yay! close guantanamo!
    you’ve only spent your first term setting up the next place!
    and you’ll look like a hero!

    what a guy! oh, bama! you’re our saviour!

  • Juan

    Can’t believe anything this PUPPET spouts. Fuck him and The Empire.

  • Juan

    Can’t believe anything this PUPPET spouts. Fuck him and The Empire.

  • BuzzCoastin

    there has long been a simple procedure for closing GITMO
    it’s called Due Process & it’s outlined in the US Bill of Rights
    tyranny is not the answer terrorism

  • CompuSurge

    If they lose GITMO, where will all the force-feeding specialists go? Gee… all
    those doctors will have to find new jobs, huh?

    • evan black

      Fret not, plenty of other CIA black sites to send everyone.

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    I could just listen to that guy talk all day. He sounds so goddamn sincere. Every time I watch one of his press conferences it’s like listening to Morgan Freeman read a story about puppies. I just feel warm and fuzzy. I feel like someone responsible and caring is in charge.

    But because I pay attention to what his administration actually does, he scares the living shit out of me.

    • BuzzCoastin

      exactly my thoughts

      if you are unaware of his family’s long standing CIA involvement
      or haven’t delved into his extremely murky past
      he seems like the real deal
      just like he’s supposed to

    • Juan

      I know, it’s really creepy.
      The shrub just enraged me to the point that I could not stand to look at or even hear his voice. Barry on the other hand, produces no such reaction. He appears thoughtful and sincere. He is also, unlike the shrub clearly intelligent and very well spoken. Yet, he’s just as bad or worse(er) than the fucking shrub. It’s quite the MIND FUCK they pulled off in installing this guy.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i don’t find him sincere or intelligent sounding. in fact, i think after president shrub, he was ranked #2 on a list of how easy it is to understand his rhetoric and writing (measured in grade level comprehension). he’s nowhere near the scholar people characterise him as.

  • Aungsan

    He obviously prefers drones, less paperwork.

    • Jin The Ninja

      well, those and the dozen other secret prisons elsewhere.

  • BuzzCoastin

    OK, GITMO for you with extra waterboarding

  • Grey Knight

    Obama: I want to close Gitmo

    Obama: Unfortunately theres no profit in closing a prison, so lets keep it open.

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