Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Not Holding my Breath on Guantanamo
When the world is falling apart around you and you're already pissing off a large part of the folks who put you in office, it's wise to throw your political base a bone and make an overture at an issue that matters to them.
President elect Barack Obama is promising to shut down the army prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which was created by the Bush administration in 2002 to detain suspected terrorists. Since then, the prison has become synonymous with torture and other violations of international law - at least in the minds of the press and those darned media elite.
Of course, Barack can't just go to Cuba and transfer detainees to the White House basement. Where are these people going to go? Some of these folks may very well be dangerous, though we know Gitmo more for its pioneering use of waterboarding than for its effectiveness in the war on terror.
The President elect admits that the facility won't just close overnight: "We're going to get it done, but part of the challenge that you have is that you have got a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom may be very dangerous, who have not been put on trial or have not gone through some adjudication."
Bla, bla, bla. Basically, Barack knows a lot of annoying ultra liberal people are clamoring for change and he's got to shut them up. So, yeah, he's going to shut down Guantanamo right after he fixes the economy and gives all US citizens equal rights. Don't worry y'all, he's an exception multi-tasker, remember?