It might not seem like it at first from the quote below, but you’ll get to the money passage eventually:
The Obama administration is running out of time and options to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, so officials are scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible and considering novel [i.e. illegal] legal strategies that include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference and sending others to foreign countries to be prosecuted.
But it looks to be little, too late to close the prison before Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to fulfill a campaign pledge.
There’s the difficulty in transferring prisoners from the U.S. base in Cuba, questions about the legality of plea deals and solid opposition in Congress to anything that might help Obama achieve that promise.
“The clock has struck midnight and the American people have won,” said Senator Cory Gardner, R-CO, who has said he would oppose any effort to move detainees to prison facilities in his State. “The president needs to admit that.”Later this month, lawmakers are on track to extend a ban on moving detainees to U.S. soil. That would leave the president with no way to make the January 2017 deadline, barring an unexpected reversal in Congress or a politically explosive executive order.
The White House increasingly is pointed to a parallel strategy: trying to shrink the number of detainees in hopes of persuading lawmakers that Guantanamo is too expensive to sustain as a prison. [emphasis added]
Given the degree of lameness and ludicrousity in that latter gambit, and the gusto with which The One rules via his pen, his phone, and his putter, is there any reason at all to suppose that he won’t simply issue an imperial decree closing Gitmo and forcing its remaining “detainees” on Senator Gardner’s State and at least one each on the other forty-nine?
It’s already a done deal, folks. And you’ll know the identity of your State’s detainee; it’ll be impossible to miss….
Dunno if the White House can get this all done in a month in time for Dependence Day and killing off the fireworks industry at the same time, but is anything too difficult for a “god”? Heck, he may even postpone eighteen holes for it.