Fermer Guantánamo

Voici pourquoi je ne crois plus en Obama

Economist . “I DON’T want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantánamo.” So said Barack Obama in January 2009, giving himself a year to do it. It is now February 2011 and the prison camp remains open. And though the White House continues to insist that it is serious, deadly serious, about closing it eventually, Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, told the Senate this month that in the event of America capturing Osama bin Laden he would probably be taken—guess where—to Guantánamo.

Closing Guantánamo was going to be one of the big things Mr Obama would do to set America on a new path in relations with the Muslim world. The place had become a symbol of everything that seemed so wrong with George Bush’s war on terrorism. Beyond the jarring spectacle of blindfolded men in orange suits and manacles, the whole idea of locking people up indefinitely without trial looked un-American, a perversion of the values of a nation ruled by law. The president has reduced the number of inmates to fewer than 200. Even so, the fact that it is still open counts as a black mark against him and a continuing blemish on the global reputation of the United States.

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