For Obama, Gitmo Has Become a Tar Baby of His Own Making

On Wednesday, April 29, in an East Room news conference, President Barack Obama claimed, “We have rejected the false choice between our security and our ideals by closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.” That simply isn’t true. What he did do was issue an executive order directing the facility be closed by January 2010 — more than seven months from now. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama — in his naive exuberance to fulfill a pledge that had earned standing ovations and rave reviews from the mainstream media during the presidential campaign — really didn’t have a plan. That’s coming back to haunt him.

On Wednesday, while Mr. Obama was holding a photo op at the White House with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, quietly deleted funds for closing Gitmo from the fiscal year 2009 supplemental spending bill. The O-Team had requested $80 million for this fiscal year and an equal amount for next year to cover the expense of shuttering the detention facility and relocating the terrorists housed there. Obey, one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill, justified eliminating the FY ’09 funds by noting, “I personally favor what the administration is talking about doing, but so far as we can tell, there is yet no concrete program for that.” Just in case the nice folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. didn’t get the message, Obey added, “While I don’t mind defending a concrete program, I’m not much interested in wasting my energy defending a theoretical program.”

On Wednesday, April 29, in an East Room news conference, President Barack Obama claimed, “We have rejected the false choice between our security and our ideals by closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.” That simply isn’t true. What he did do was issue an executive order directing the facility be closed by January 2010 — more than seven months from now. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama — in his naive exuberance to fulfill a pledge that had earned standing ovations and rave reviews from the mainstream media during the presidential campaign — really didn’t have a plan. That’s coming back to haunt him.

On Wednesday, while Mr. Obama was holding a photo op at the White House with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, quietly deleted funds for closing Gitmo from the fiscal year 2009 supplemental spending bill. The O-Team had requested $80 million for this fiscal year and an equal amount for next year to cover the expense of shuttering the detention facility and relocating the terrorists housed there. Obey, one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill, justified eliminating the FY ’09 funds by noting, “I personally favor what the administration is talking about doing, but so far as we can tell, there is yet no concrete program for that.” Just in case the nice folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. didn’t get the message, Obey added, “While I don’t mind defending a concrete program, I’m not much interested in wasting my energy defending a theoretical program.”

Read the rest from Oliver North:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/
articles/2009/05/09/gitmo_quag
mire_96416.html

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