Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Guantanamo: Obama fails

During the 2008 US presidential election campaign, Barack Obama ran on closing Guantanamo and ensuring everyone there received a fair trial. One of his first acts after assuming office was to order that the prison be closed within a year. That didn't happen - and now two years later, Obama has ordered the resumption of kangaroo courts to "try" Guantanamo inmates.

This is a complete reversal of policy, a backdown on one of Obama's fundamental promises which shows that when push comes to shove, he does not believe in justice or human rights. Having come to office pledging to reverse Bush's policies, he is now continuing them. Its Obama in a nutshell, really - a disappointment.