As regular readers of Dreadnaught will recall, President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay within one year. Then the president learned that it may not be so easy to close. Congress then opposed the closing and withheld the necessary funds and limited the president’s ability to close GTMO.
Administration officials lay blame for the failed initiative on Congress, including Democrats who deserted the president, sometimes in droves. The debate, they said, became suffused with fear — fear that transferring detainees to American soil would create a genuine security threat, fear that closing Guantanamo would be electoral suicide. Some Democratic lawmakers pleaded with the White House not to press too hard, according to administration officials.
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