President Obama’s options with respect to the GTMO transfer restrictions in the 2011 Defense Authorization bill appear to be as follows: (1) veto the bill; (2) sign the bill but decide to transfer detainees in defiance of the law; (3) sign the bill and transfer detainees using funds not restricted by the law (i.e. appropriated moneys from other sources); or (4) sign the bill and follow its strictures on transfer. I don’t think he will do (1) because that would not bring political benefits on balance, and would entail redoing the defense authorization bill in a less friendly Congress. I don’t think he will do (2) because it would cause a damaging political storm and might not be lawful. I don’t think he will do (3) because it will cause a damaging political storm even though it might be lawful. I thus think he will do (4), which is the least politically damaging course. Note that none of these decisions have any necessary connection to a signing statement. But if President Obama chooses option (4), he might well attach a signing statement expressing his policy disagreements with the transfer restrictions.