Hey Barack, what about Gitmo?

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Getty-AFP photo by Randall Mikkelsen / July 23, 2008
Obama has repeatedly expressed his desire to shutter the embattled facility, which has become an international flashpoint. But before that happens, his administration must review the basis for holding each of the remaining 250 detainees and which should be released, which should be transferred to the United States for trial, or whether to continue to hold some indefinitely, even if there is no legal way for charge or try them. Then it must find a home for those it releases.

Gee, whatever happened to President Barack Obama's pledge to close the prison camp for terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba by the end of the year--last year, that is. Could it be that the increasingly political (re: not change oriented) Obama administration is reading the polls? (Only 36 percent agree that the detention center should be closed.)


Or--and this is more likely in my opinion--did the utopian promises that Obama made during his campaign, and were so easily swallowed by his naive supporters--ran into something called reality? In a black and white world, such matters always seem a lot simpler than they really are.

A  Congressional committee has approved legislation that would ban opening a terrorist detainee facility in continental United States, so it seems unlikely that the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois that the state plans to sell to the feds will be an alternative. What now?

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  • Terrorist visits Chicago for an "Extreme Makeover" on Oprah - shocking details exclusively at SPN Headlines:

    http://spnheadlines.blogspot.com/2010/02/terrorist-receives-makeover-on-to_4534.html

    Keep smiling! :-)

  • One thing you can figure--his "naive supporters" aren't going to put up someone like Schakowsky, Seals, or some Californian to challenge him on this issue.

    As Toni Preckwinkle proved--once you get rid of guys like Stroger, Democrats stick together, even backing Berrios. Obama is no Stroger.

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