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Obama's Gitmo blame game

By: Josh Gerstein

October 6, 2009 05:15 AM EST


Greg Craig, the top in-house lawyer for President Barack Obama, is getting

the blame for botching the strategy to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison by

January — so much so that he’s expected to leave the White House in short



But sources familiar with the process believe Craig is being set-up as the

fall guy and say the blame for missing the deadline extends well beyond him.


Instead, it was a widespread breakdown on the political, legislative, policy

and planning fronts that contributed to what is shaping up as one of Obama’s

most high-profile setbacks, these people say.


The White House misread the congressional mood – as it found out abruptly in

May, when the Senate voted 90-6 against funds for closing the base after

Republicans stoked fears about bringing prisoners to the U.S. The House also

went on record last week opposing bringing Gitmo detainees here.


The White House misread the public mood – as roughly half of Americans surveyed

say they disagree with Obama’s approach. A strong element of NIMBY-ism permeates

those results, as Americans say they don’t want the prisoners in their backyards.


But most of all Obama’s aides mistook that political consensus from the campaign

trail for a deep commitment in Washington to do whatever it takes to close the prison.




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