Obama’s Decision To Keep Guantanamo Open is Bush’s Fault

08 Mar

In yet another display of the Obama bias of MSNBC, the gang at morning Joe has out done themselves. They started out by claiming that Obama’s decision to keep Guantanamo open and resume the military tribunals is an example the difference between campaigning and governing. Then Savannah Guthrie quickly explained that “these are incredibly difficult problems and everybody agrees that, in fact I believe that toward the end the Bush administration also expressed the desire to close Guantanamo, but when the rubber meets the road these problems are very difficult. I’m sure the Obama administrations lawyers would point out it is made all the more difficult by some of the treatment that these detainees received from the Bush administration” 

There you have it, President Obama wanted to close Guantanamo but due to the actions of President George W. Bush he is forced to keep it open. Let me also correct Ms. Guthrie misreporting that Bush, toward the end, wanted to close Guantanamo. This is from the New York Times on October 20, 2008.

Mr. Bush’s top advisers held a series of meetings at the White House this summer after a Supreme Court ruling in June cast doubt on the future of the American detention center. But Mr. Bush adopted the view of his most hawkish advisers that closing Guantánamo would involve too many legal and political risks to be acceptable, now or any time soon, the officials said.


3 responses to “Obama’s Decision To Keep Guantanamo Open is Bush’s Fault

  1. Saddlesore

    March 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    It’s amazing how the Obama adminstration and the left can never simply acknowldedge that they are wrong on an issue. That is the hallmark of an ideologue, not a rational person. Closing Gitmo and having civilian trials for terrorists was obviously a bad idea from the beginning. If it takes two years for the Obama administration to grasp a concept as simple as that, just think what is going to happen when the current turmoil in the Mideast turns into a shooting war.

  2. CRS52

    July 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Bush DOES deserve some of the blame for this since he created this monster in the first place. Why do people act as if an incoming president just has to hit a “Reset” button when he takes office? And ultimately it is CONGRESS that has to make that decision, not the President.
    And I don’t understand why the author says that Bush’s desire to close Guantanamo was “misreported.” Bush stated his intentions publicly- I remember the speeches and they’re easy enough to find online.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      July 3, 2012 at 7:49 am

      I don’t blame Bush for using Gitmo, I give him credit for using this as a tool so that the dirtbags that are there don’t get brought into the American legal system. That was visionary.

      And that Obama made it his mission to close Gitmo shows how stupid the man is. Fortunately, he has been unsuccessful and it ends up being yet another broken campaign promise. The good news is that this broken campaign promise ends up being a very good thing.


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