March 28th, 2010
09:44 AM ET
12 years ago

Axelrod: still no date for closing Guantanamo Bay facility


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.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. NJD

    I can't imagine why anyone would want to volunteer to join the military so they could become a prison guard at Guantanamo.
    It's gotta be one of the worst duties imaginable.

    March 28, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. GuyInVA

    Don't worry everybody. We're supposed to be out of Iraq in May of this year. So, we've got that going for us... which is nice.

    March 28, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Gerry NH

    This administration does not know what to do. Never did never will.

    March 28, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. JonDie

    "It's Complicated" (to use a movie title), but it needs to get done, with or without the support of Republicans. The Stalinist gulag at Guantanamo is a stain on the history of this country.

    March 28, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Wow 'it's complicated'. Ya think Obozo might have considered that before announcing a deadline with no plan?

    @J, there is no reason to close a max security prison that we've spent tens of millions to upgrade solely to please Muslims. It won't make them hate us any less. Even if you subscribe to the notion that waterboarding is torture (which it's not); since it's not happening any more why close a perfectly good facility for publicity sake?

    March 28, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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