When you watch the strange, repetitive political dance that swirls around Guantanamo -- the president announcing yet again that he plans to "close" it and the Republicans swearing that they won't let him -- it's hard not to wonder what alternative universe we live in.
The average detainee at Guantánamo has been held there for over nine years. Nine years ago Barack Obama was serving his first term as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee in the Illinois Senate.
Last week, the State Department reassigned the official responsible for the "diplomatic issues" pertaining to the closing of Guantanamo Bay. This was a telling sign that the administration is abandoning its long-held but little-fought-for promise of closing that notorious facility.