Colin Powell said President Bush wanted to close Gitmo, but there wasn't any realistic way of doing it. President Obama wants to bring the terrorists to the US. Poawel may be a Republican in name onlt, but he is smarter than that. According to CBS News:
"I think President Obama didn't handle it very well by going up to the Congress and asking for $80 million without a plan. And by, frankly, giving enough time to opponents of it to marshal their forces as to why we shouldn't do this," he said.
Powell said that he has lobbied for Guantanamo to be closed or the last six years and that he went to his boss, former President Bush, with his concerns.
He even said that President Bush wanted to close the prison, but could not figure out how to- a point he used to answer criticism from former Vice President Dick Cheney.
"Mr. Cheney is not only disagreeing with President Obama's policy. He's disagreeing with President Bush's policy. President Bush stated repeatedly to international audiences and to the country that he wanted to close Guantanamo. The problem he had was he couldn't get all the pieces together," Powell said.
He said he was not buying "the business" that the United States would be less safe should the prisoners be transported to U.S. prisons.