Monday, January 11, 2016
Even before beginning his presidency, Obama said he would close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Entering his final year in office, he is still making that pledge. His chief of staff says Obama will present a plan to Congress, and if Congress objects, he will use executive action to do something -- whatever that might be. No one should be faulted for failing to believe the President at this point. The problem has been intractable. No one wants the prisoners. So, they remain in limbo -- men without a country. There is no doubt their rights have been violated. They merited at least a speedy trial and sentencing, but they got neither. Look for Guantanamo Bay to be open this time next year and don't be surprised if Obama hands the problem to his successor.