So, no turning back, no matter how complicated.
Nothing like thinking these things through.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close — but he's still going to do it. Holder visited the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday and spoke to reporters about his trip during a news conference Wednesday.He doesn't know what it is? This cat is in way over his head. It was one thing when you were doing Janet Reno's dirty work, but in case you haven't noticed you're now the Attorney General. Try and get up to speed, OK? The facility has been open for business for seven years and, well, it's been in the news quite a bit in case you hadn't noticed.
Closing Guantanamo, he said, "will not be an easy process. It's one we will do in a way that ensures that people are treated fairly and that the American people are kept safe."
President Barack Obama selected Holder to lead the new administration's effort to close the detention facility within a year.
Much of the year will be spent reviewing the individual case histories of the roughly 245 inmates, the attorney general said.
"It's going to take us a good portion of that time to look at all of the files that we have to examine, until we get our hands around what Guantanamo is, and also what Guantanamo was," he said.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who is trying to keep Guantanamo open, said he was encouraged by Holder's remarks.Perhaps some day Holder and his ilk might stop believing the enemy propaganda and start putting some faith in our military.
"I believe as more time goes by there is a chance the administration will grow to realize that we need Gitmo and must keep it open. More time will allow facts to replace political rhetoric," said Inhofe, who is pushing legislation seeking to bar any Guantanamo detainees from coming to the U.S.
Holder said his visit to the site was instructive. He met with military officials and toured the facilities, including the court setting where military commissions were to be held until Obama suspended them.
He said he did not witness any rough treatment of detainees, and in fact found the military staff and leadership performing admirably.
"I did not witness any mistreatment of prisoners. I think, to the contrary, what I saw was a very conscious attempt by these guards to conduct themselves in an appropriate way," he said.
I know, that may be asking too much.