U.S. May Miss Gitmo Deadline

The White House hinted on Monday that it may miss its self-imposed deadline of January 22, 2010 for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. “We’re not focused on whether or not the deadline will or won’t be met on a particular day,” said Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “We’re focused on ensuring that the facility is closed and doing all that has to be done between now and the 22nd of January to make the most progress that we can that’s possible.” According to The New York Times, some of Obama’s advisers have privately concluded that it was a mistake just two days after Obama took office to set a date for the closure of the prison, when the difficulty of the task ahead was not entirely clear.