President-elect Obama plans to close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay as early as his first week in office, to show his disapproval of Bush’s approach to the war on terror and effectively “change” American politics, say two officials close to the transition, according to CNN.
One of the officials said that Gitmo’s approach has failed to prosecute terrorists on several accounts.
There was some speculation that Obama would wait a while to close the prison, after his answer on ABC’s “This Week” to whether he would shut the prison down in his first 100 days was a little ambiguous.
With this news, speculation has effectively been squashed.
Gitmo is not in keeping with Obama’s idea of national security. The prison has a long history of torture, and Obama’s view for the new America cannot and will not be associated with such a place.