Obama's Not Just Keeping Gitmo Open, He's Building A $750,000 Soccer Field For Detainees There

Matthew Sheffield
By Matthew Sheffield | February 28, 2012 | 3:47 PM EST

As a candidate, one of Barack Obama's most famous promises was his pledge to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

As President, he's building the terrorists a soccer field.

Fox News reports: “The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to "highly compliant" detainees who live in a communal setting. In addition to an indoor recreation field and the existing outdoor recreation field, the new soccer field -- selected because it is such a popular sport with detainees -- is half the size of an American football field.”

Cost to taxpayers: $750,000.

Let's recap: During his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama described Guantánamo as a "sad chapter in American history" and The One promised to close down the prison in 2009 if he was elected president. Sure enough, he was elected president. And after his election, he repeated the promise on national news programs.

There years later, Gitmo is still open – and now it has three new recreational facilities, include a soccer field because, gosh darn it, soccer is just such a popular sport for the terrorists. Rush Limbaugh's "Club Gitmo" parody, in which he lampooned other expensive accommodations for residents at the facility, has become reality.

To borrow a quote from Obama, building soccer fields for terrorists is a sad chapter in American history. This budget item deserves a red card.

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