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What Excuse Remains for Obama’s Failure to Close GITMO?

What Excuse Remains for Obama’s Failure to Close GITMO?




June 03, 2014 "ICH"
- "The
Intercept
" - -
The excuse-making on behalf of President Obama has
always found its most extreme form when it came time
to explain why he failed to fulfill his oft-stated
2008 election promise to close Guantanamo. As I’ve

documented

many times, even the promise itself was
misleading, as it became quickly apparent that Obama
— even in the absence of congressional obstruction —
did not intend to “close GITMO” at all but

rather to re-locate it, maintaining its defining
injustice of indefinite detention.


But the
events of the last three days have obliterated the
last remaining excuse. In order to secure the
release of American POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the
Obama administration agreed to release from
Guantanamo five detainees allegedly affiliated w…

Bowe Bergdahl Release: Email Exchange Reveals Extent of US Failure In Afghan War

Bowe Bergdahl Release: Email Exchange Reveals Extent of US Failure In Afghan War

Bowe
Bergdahl Release: Email Exchange Reveals Extent
of US Failure In Afghan War




'The US army is the biggest joke the world has
to laugh at,' wrote Sergeant Bergdahl in an
email later published by Rolling Stone magazine



By Patrick Cockburn




June 03, 2014 "ICH"
- "The
Independent
" -
It is a bitter indictment of an army in trouble.
It was written by the American soldier Bowe
Bergdahl in his last email to his parents sent
just before he walked off his base in eastern
Afghanistan on 30 June 2009.


Within
hours, he was picked by the Taliban who held him
for five years until his

exchange for five senior Taliban leaders
held in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay.


“The US
army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh
at,” wrote Sergeant …