In an article released earlier this week, Reuters’ Jane Sutton revealed yet another problem caused by Congress’s failure to close GMTO: it has left the base’s leader in a constant state of indecision.
Naval Base Commander John Nettleton is struggling to make proper decisions at GTMO, because he has no idea how long the detention facility is going to be open. Sutton says, “Many of the buildings that house and feed the 1,800-member task force are structures built to last five years and show signs of wear after standing for a decade in the salt air and broiling tropical sun.” Nettleton can’t even decide whether to build a cafeteria or upgrade the barracks for the servicemen stationed at the facility.
This article highlights one of the larger issues with regards to Congress’s failure to close GTMO; it is increasing inefficiency and creating unnecessary obstacles for those charged with leading the facility. If Nettleton can’t even decide whether to build a cafeteria, how is he going to make decisions regarding the remaining 166 detainees at GTMO?
Whether GTMO remains open or Congress decides to truly take action and shut down the detention facility, our country’s leaders simply need to make up their minds. GTMO’s leaders have jobs to do, but it is difficult to accomplish anything or make long-term plans when the facility’s future is unknown.
Kelly Ann Taddonio, Research Fellow
Center for Policy & Research