The prison in rural western Illinois may not be purchased from the state until March and will need up to 10 months of construction, said Joe Shoemaker, spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Shoemaker said, “The end of 2010 or the start of 2011 has always been the mark the administration talked to us about.”
Obama originally said Guantanamo would close Jan. 22, 2010. While that date proved unrealistic, the president has directed administration officials to move quickly to acquire the maximum-security prison in Illinois.
Okay, this isn’t the first time the president has spoken without fully thinking thru the implications.
He also was supposed to deliver 30,000 troops to Afghanistan by the summer of 2010. Military leaders are now saying it will take most of the year to prepare accomodations for landing and maintaining such a large force. Apparently Iraq was much more accessible and sustainable than Afghanistan.
So my curious comment is this – for a man who supposedly has vast resources at his disposal, Obama certainly doesn’t appear to operate from the same set of facts as the people who actually have to implement this stuff.
Who the hell is advising Obama and when is he going to be asked the difficult questions? (Rahm Emanuel, paging Rahm Emanuel…)