There are some revealing parallels in the two very different dilemmas.
A reminder of why the Obama administration is eager to find almost any other option.
The U.S. Army has released photos showing guards discarding food and a special chair used for force-feedings.
A detailed and unsettling description of how the U.S. facility keeps hunger-striking prisoners from starving to death.
Obama's spoke at length about why the U.S. has to close the detention facility in Cuba, but has not yet succeeded in doing so.
A number of the prisoners, frustrated at their continued detention, are going on hunger strikes as tensions rise at the facility.
Dozens of detainees are on hunger strike, partially in response to the U.S. failure to secure their release.