In this October 2009 file photo, a U.S. Army soldier watches the sun set at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)
Washington (CNN) - It's unclear when President Obama may ultimately close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, terrorist detention facility, his senior adviser said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
"I believe we're going to get there, but it's complicated," David Axelrod told the CNN program "State of the Union," adding that there has been progress toward closing the facility.
Upon taking office in January 2009, the Obama administration said it intended to shut down the controversial detention facility in a year. That deadline has slipped, with no specific date announced for closing Guantanamo.
More than 180 prisoners remain detained at the Guantanamo facility.
This guy creeps me out. But not at much as his boss creeps me out.
Take your time, Mr. President, and do it right. It's a huge mess, and it shouldn't be subject to an arbitrary deadline. Keep working hard for the American people. We are behind The President!
I would like to see Gitmo closed soon. This detention facility is a hot button topic of negativism toward us from around the world. Closing it would help bring an end to the republican culture of corruption of Bush/Cheney.
Doesn't nastyrod look like hitler? Doesn't nastyrod sound like hitler? Don't forget what he and michelle did to the chicago hospital and nastyrod was for health care? Does cnn have a contract to have nastyrod on every Sunday? Who does nastyrod work for cnn or obama? Oops forgot both work for obama.
Annie, you compassionate little conservative, you. Do you remember that Cheney looked like Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes? But his looks is not why Cheney was incompetent.
Doesn't really matter, as soon as a Republican is elected, they'll probably open it up again even though it tarnishes the image of this country. Some people don't seem to get why keeping this prison open is so blatantly wrong.
it was after all, only a promise.
I think there are probably plenty of emply apartments in Chicago, the Presisent's home, that could be used to house the inmates.
@annie against biased news
Dang – You are most likely BITTER in real life!! You commented NOTHING about the article but want to call people NASTY!!! Do you want to know the reason why CNN posted your blog?? It got posted so everyone would tell you what they think about YOU!!! Get a life and take your nasty ways back to the people around you – if they can deal with it – which is probably the reason why you are here.
Closing the 'bay' will come about and as it is stated, 'it's complicated'!! When you are running for President, you DO NOT know what the current President knows. Once in office, you know EVERYTHING. Maybe it is complicated and needs more analyzing – think about that!!!
Thank you – Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans – compassionate little conservative is a great compliment and I do partially agree with your moniker but please impeach this whole sorry mess in dc.
Another broken promise by the liar in chief Obummie.
Hey come on you guys, its ONLY been 15+ months! Another broken campaign promise from the Dope and Same presidency.
Once again the Republicans are holding up process and procedure to try and belittle the President.
The party of no strikes again.
Hey you Goppers here...shouldnt you be in Church celebrating your "Christian Values"? I didn't know the bible told you to go online and make racist and even Hitler remarks.
Gitmo exists because of the socalled enemy combatants rounded up under the dictatorship of Bush/Cheney in the aftermath of 9/11. Remember how Bush said we would bring those folks to justice. Great soundbite, but I don't think putting them in Gitmo for many years without a trial or tribunal is an American form of justice. It seems more like Pinochet/Hitler/dictator du jour. Gitmo is an embarrasment and McCain and Petraeus both have said it should close. I think the people there should be tried or released. Think about it before you criticize my opinion.
This is not a broken Obama promise. Republicans are forcing a hold on funds for buying the Supermax Unit and doing the preparations to move the prisoners to it thereby allowing the closing of Gitmo.
The Dems have no real solutions for anything.
Another promise broken.... :(
Maybe there are dozens of people following this website. Probably not.
Let's see they passed a public-approved health care bill over the objections of the GOP, a party with NO solution.
How's that one little FACT sit with your misguided theory?
Annie is against biased news but she is definitely pro lies and hate. Keep it up Annie. Hate and lies are good, right? God help America.
Why concentrating on signals of weakness and allow all bad elements in the world to have a hope they will be better of, fighting the USA? Why concentrate on being against traditional friends?
The world view of this administration is awkward.
There are new threats in the world (not the political internal threats by various groups that this guy Axlrod is so afraid of), there are real threats by extremists (not the TEA party). However the guys in this administration are the fruits of the radical 60s movements that think the USA is the bad guy, and its friends are bad as well, and they apologize for her existence. This will put the USA in worse situation– luckily they cannot so easily oppose the armed forces and cannot get their way in one shot.
Gitmo will be closed within the next year. The only reason it wouldn't be closed is politics- Obama's seeing alot ofopposition fromthe right as it is, and closing Gitmo at this moment would only fuel the fire. Any decision on Gitmo will most likely come after the midterm elections in November. I personally would love to see Gitmo closed- I think we could easily keep enemy combatants safely locked away in a maximum security facility on our own soil, and we really should make a point of obeying the Constitution when it comes to any criminal. These aren't acts of war- the guys in Guantanamo should be veiwed as nothing more than thugs.
This should keep the Republicans busy and out of trouble for a little while, they have nothing to do but complain about Gitmo anyway. The Republicans can thank GWB for putting this fight against President Obama in their lap. LOL
Why would anyone be surprised....Obama says one thing and does something else. A sure sign of confusion on his part.