Remember all the pomp with which The One announced that one of his first acts as POTUS would be to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay? Well, that much heralded appeasing promise just reached its expiration date.

Saith The One:

Guantanamo — we had a specific deadline that was missed. We are on a path and a process where I would anticipate that Guantanamo will be closed next year.

People, I think understandably, are fearful after a lot of years where they were told that Guantanamo was critical to keep terrorists out. [Closing the facility] is also just technically hard. (Emphasis Added)

There is, dear reader, a “strategery” at work here. Bear in mind this announcement was made during a flurry of fast moving interviews at the tail end of The One’s Asian junket. In other words, it was thrown in with the rest of the trash in hopes that it might slip through with little notice.

As for the “technically hard” part of closing Gitmo, the reason we put these thugs on that island is because of all the issues bringing them anywhere else would raise. I guess governing really is harder than campaigning after all.

*Apologies to Jim Geraghty for the shameless theft of his trademark.