The Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 13
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved an annual defense policy bill. The House did so last week. So, the legislation heads to the White House, where President Obama intends to add his signature, in contrast to the veto he applied to a version last month in a clash of spending priorities. What is unfortunate is that Congress got its way again concerning the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected terrorists have been held the past 14 years.
The legislation keeps in place a ban on bringing detainees into the United States. They cannot be brought here for prosecution or imprisonment at another facility. More, the bill continues to apply tight restrictions limiting the transfer of detainees to other countries.
So, the prison at Guantanamo persists, even as it serves as a rallying cry for jihadists around the globe…
In the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama rightly pledged to close the Guantanamo prison, and many others, Democrats and Republicans, agreed…
Then, Congress got in the way, and the president let his attention slip, finding more of an excuse in legislative obstruction than pressing for other ways to succeed.
Now, as his final year in office approaches, the president is confronting the question: Just how hard will he press to keep his promise and relieve the country of this taint? To what length will he assert executive power?