Obama Admin Officials Now Only Willing to Talk Gitmo Closing on Background?
9:53 AM, Dec 29, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
I don't know why this "senior administration official" needed to say it on background if the administration is so committed to closing GItmo, and if the official really believes what he's saying:
Regarding Brian Ross's story, you really need to read Joscelyn's post from yesterday for context (Ross seems to have gotten some key facts wrong), but to the larger point -- what this administration official is saying is not news, it's the same boilerplate language on Gitmo that has been coming out of the White House for nearly a year now. So why on earth would a senior administration official suddenly need to go on background to say that "closing the detention facility at Guantanamo is a national security imperative," unless of course al Qaeda's attempted Christmas Day Massacre, coordinated in Yemen, has so complicated the administration's plans that it is no longer certain at all that the facility will be closed even by January of 2011, let alone the original "deadline" of January 2010?