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. jojomcgee

    This guy creeps me out. But not at much as his boss creeps me out.

    March 28, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Steph

    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!

    March 28, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    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.

    March 28, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. annie against biased news

    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.

    March 28, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    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.

    March 28, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. j

    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.

    March 28, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Obama will never close Gitmo......

    it was after all, only a promise.

    March 28, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Fed Up

    I think there are probably plenty of emply apartments in Chicago, the Presisent's home, that could be used to house the inmates.

    March 28, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    @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!!!

    March 28, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. annie against biased news

    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.

    March 28, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. terry,va.

    Another broken promise by the liar in chief Obummie.

    March 28, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Blutarski

    Hey come on you guys, its ONLY been 15+ months! Another broken campaign promise from the Dope and Same presidency.

    March 28, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Sniffit

    Once again the Republicans are holding up process and procedure to try and belittle the President.

    The party of no strikes again.

    March 28, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Sniffit

    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.


    March 28, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. ted

    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.

    March 28, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Ken in NC

    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.

    March 28, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems have no real solutions for anything.

    March 28, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Rahm

    Another promise broken.... 🙁

    March 28, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. dude

    Maybe there are dozens of people following this website. Probably not.

    March 28, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Rick McDumb:

    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?

    March 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Jim

    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.

    March 28, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. D.

    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.

    March 28, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. bennie new york

    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.

    March 28, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    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

    March 28, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Fitz in Texas

    Why would anyone be surprised....Obama says one thing and does something else. A sure sign of confusion on his part.

    March 28, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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