- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
By all accounts, former Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried is a very talented diplomat, but as Obama’s “Gitmo czar,” he’s been given one thankless task. Despite some successes — Hungary this week joined the ranks of Bermuda and Palau in agreeing to take in detainees — he tells the BBC that progress has been infuriatingly slow:
He says his job is miserable because he is “cleaning up a problem”.
He also revealed he was reprimanded by the UK over his decision to send four detainees to Bermuda.[…]
Working out what to do with the remaining detainees is “a huge problem and a complicated one,” says Mr Fried.
So far, the number being held there has been reduced by just 16 – and one of those committed suicide. There are now 226 left.
At this rate, Fried’s job should be done around 2018. No wonder he’s pushing for the U.S. to take some of the detainees in.
Hat tip: UN Dispatch
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