During one of the Sunday political chattering shows, President-elect Obama began the first backtrack on his many naive, stupid and delusional left-wing campaign promises.
(CBS/AP) On the seventh anniversary of the opening of the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where hundreds of detainees have been held for years without trial or even being charged with a crime, President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his promise to close the facility, although he could not promise it would be done quickly.
Obama, who has been receiving daily national security briefings since his election in November, acknowledged that his campaign pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay will be more of a challenge than he anticipated. Many of those held at the military site are suspected terrorists or potential witnesses in cases against them.
"It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize - and we are going to get it done - but part of the challenge that you have is that you have 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," he said.
About 250 detainees are still held there.
Sunday marked the seventh anniversary of the first prisoners arriving at Guantanamo, which was set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, in order to house suspected terrorists without putting them under the auspices of the American judicial system.
Geez, imagine that. President-elect Obama has suddenly discovered that there are some seriously dangerous bad-asses locked up at Gitmo, and it is not in our best interests to import them to American federal prison facilities.
I wonder if the soon-to-be administration was paying attention to our efforts to alert them to security travesty in the making?!
I like to think the answer to that is - yes.