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Why hasn’t Obama closed Guantánamo?

Its continued existence reflects a cynical political calculation—and a failure to rethink America's war on "terror"

Canadian detainee Omar Khadr was sent to Guantánamo in 2002, aged 15, but was put on trial only in 2010. He was sentenced to eight years

Having travelled to Guantánamo Bay and witnessed the injustices perpetrated there, I wholeheartedly welcomed President Barack Obama’s promise to close the prison, made two days after he took office in 2009. But nearly three years later, that goal appears even further from his reach. Approximately 170 detainees remain at the facility, and in recent months their transfer out of Guantánamo has reached a virtual standstill.

Why? Many commentators have cited internal wrangling over priorities,…

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