GITMO Obama's 1st Executive Order - Close GITMO within 1 Year
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President Obama was sworn into the office of President on November 20th 2009. The new President, who had been swept into office with high expectations, signed his first Executive Order the following day.
The Executive Order directed that the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay would be closed within one year. Today is the day Guantanamo Bay was to be closed.
Guantanamo Bay - An American Burden
When , George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States declared "The War on Terror" and with the consent of the UN invaded Afghanistan, a decision had to be made on what was called "Enemy Combatants". Thus the Guantanamo Detention Facility was born.
GITMO has been a drain on the American reputation worldwide and has come under criticism of America's European Allies. Even the Bush Administration was searching for a way to close the infamous prison.
During its young history, GITMO has been criticized for its treatment of its so-called Enemy Combatants. Water boarding and other methods of "Enhanced Interrogation" have come under fire and accusations of Torture, both by European countries and the left of the United States. There were accusations of ignoring the Geneva Conventions, some branding the Bush Administration of War Crimes.
A naive or overenthusiastic President
With this as a background, President Obama jumped into action during his full first day in office and issued the Executive Order to close GITMO within on year.
Little thought was given to the problems and opposition to this plan would cause. During the past year, the Administration has tried both successfully and not so successfully to have nations around the world accept GITMO detainees. The world was not so willing to accept detainees that had been labeled as terrorists by the United States.
One year after the executive order was issued it is still unclear when GITMO may be closed, although it is still on the President's radar. One of the solutions to make this occur is the purchase of a Maximum Security Prison in Illionois. While this is economically great for Illionois, it really only moves the problem from Guantanamo to Illinois.
President Obama one Year in Office
President Obama was ushered into office, with probably the highest expectations of any other President, to change the direction of the country. These expectations, may in fact, have been unfair.
President Obama tried to live up to those expectations His administration failed to see the sentiments of the American public, writing them off as teabaggers. After one year in office, GITMO remains in limbo, Health Care Reform is in trouble. Nancy Pelosi, the House Leader, stated that cannot get the votes. The Cap and Trade Bill is in jeopardy and unemployment is in double digits.
There is strong opposition to try MLK and four others in civilian court in New York.
On Tuesday Massachussets spoke loud and clear. Will the President change course and move closer to the centre with its policies?
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