President Obama has identified a glaring error from the first six years of his presidency that he wishes he could go back and fix.
If most Americans had to guess what mistake Obama regrets the most, they might say a contentious issue like the botched roll-out of Obamacare, or the egregious IRS scandal. Certainly high on the list would be the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the murder of four Americans including the U.S. Ambassador.
The Huffington Post details more of the president’s remarks:
Obama went on to say that he didn’t rush to close the military prison when he first took office because there was already bipartisan agreement that it should be closed. He noted that his GOP presidential opponent Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had also called for shutting it down.
“I thought we had enough consensus where we could do it in a more deliberate fashion,” Obama said. “But the politics of it got tough, and people got scared by the rhetoric around it. Once that set in, then the path of least resistance was just to leave it open, even though it’s not who we are as a country and it’s used by terrorists around the world to help recruit jihadists.”
The Washington Times points out that the president has been slowly outsourcing the responsibility of detaining terrorists by shipping detainees to foreign nations, little by little.
“We’ve had to just chip away at it, year after year after year, but I think in that first couple of weeks we could’ve done it quicker,” Mr. Obama said.