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Obama Bungled Guantanamo Closing, White House Allies Say

03/18/2010 05:12 am 05:12:02 | Updated May 25, 2011

President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison by Jan. 22 was followed by a series of mistakes and missteps by his administration that will delay the prison's closure for months, according to a report from a policy organization with close ties to the White House.

Those mistakes -- which ranged from initially having too few people on board to handle the workload to misreading Congress -- have put the timetable months behind schedule and will push the prison's closure well beyond the January deadline, which Obama announced with great fanfare two days after he took office.

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