The Obama administration has said for the last four years that Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba should be closed and the inmates transferred to prisons in the United States.
Mr. Obama apparently does not currently see the closing of the Guantánamo Bay prison as a realistic priority, despite his repeated statements that it still intends to do so.
As recently as last week, when asked at a White House press briefing about the president’s first term promise to close Guantanamo Bay, Jay Carney reiterated the president’s plans: “As you know, the president remains committed to that.”
The reality is that the office established by Obama to close Guantánamo has closed.
The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him.