I’m peering into the future.
I’ve been thinking “now, why would Obama REALLY want to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility?”. I really doubt it has anything to do with some high moral ground upon which he believes he’s standing. I think he wants to close Gitmo because he wants to eventually close the whole naval base there, pack up, and leave. Gitmo is just step one.
The United States holds an in perpetuity lease on the property, but I think Obama is planning on vacating the place entirely and tearing up the lease and he’ll probably do it as some big grand gesture while he apologizes for the imperialism and arrogance of his country. He wants to lift the embargos and reopen all ties with Cuba but Cuba is not just going to say “yeah, sure, come on back and be our friend”. They’re going to want something, and the base is the something they’ll want.
However, I believe that as part of the “deal”, some of those 30,000 or so acres will be set aside for American “investors” to get first shot at buying. And those Americans who will be given the first shot will somehow be tied to Obama and the opportunity will be a quid pro quo in some way.
Mark my words.
P.S. My last bit of prognostication was that Luis Caldera would take the fall for the NYC flyover debacle. Like I said, no real fallout for the ridiculous stunt except for Luis Caldera being the patsy for it…a puppet on a string…