In this photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley)

Time is running out for Obama and his legacy. Senator John McCain is helping draft a plan to close GITMO and seems to think that Congress will agree. Once again, it’s politics and Obama’s goofy obsession with his legacy that comes before the best interests of the American people.

After what he claims has been years of silence from the White House on Guantanamo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that senior Obama administration officials finally are drafting a plan for closing the facility to be submitted to lawmakers.

McCain spoke with President Barack Obama three weeks ago about closing the military prison and shortly after received two high-profile visitors in his office: Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco.

McCain outlined to them a plan for closing the facility that he thought could pass the Republican-majority Congress, and Carter and Monaco told him they were working up a draft to be submitted to lawmakers, the Arizona Republican told Defense One Thursday.

“Ash Carter and Lisa Monaco told me that they are working on a plan,” McCain said. “My indication was when they were both sitting in the couch in my office that they were together on this and they were going to come up with a plan … they wouldn’t have come over if they weren’t [going to send it to Congress].”

Encouraged by the conversations, three weeks ago the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman brokered a compromise with his Democratic colleagues on the committee to include language in the annual defense authorization bill, or NDAA, stating Congress would grant the president the authority to close the military prison if he submitted a plan to do so that was then approved by lawmakers.

This week outside of closed doors and on the Senate floor, McCain is pushing for that bill’s passage, but the White House has threatened to veto it in part due to added provisions about the detention facility Obama officials say are too restrictive.

Via: Defense One

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