- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 9, 2009

The White House national security adviser said Sunday he is confident the administration will meet its goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba by January.

“We have every intention of doing so, and there’s a lot of work going on every single day to make sure that we find the right solution,” said national security adviser James L. Jones on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I’m confident that we’ll be able to meet that deadline.”

Mr. Jones, in a separate appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said, “There are some things on the table that we can’t necessarily talk about right now, but hopefully there are some signs here that we will find the right way to do this” by the president’s deadline.

The Senate’s top Republican, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said any attempt to shut down the facility will be met with strong resistance on Capitol Hill by both parties.

“I think Congress will be, on a bipartisan basis, aggressively opposing the closing of Guantanamo, particularly when there’s no plan to move them anywhere else,” Mr. McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The senator said that closing the prison, which has received millions of dollars in upgrades since it became a primary holding facility for suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, would be a huge waste of taxpayer money.

“This is a program that is not broke and doesn’t need fixing,” he said.

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