May 27, 2005


Just Shut It Down (THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, 5/27/05, NY Times)

Shut it down. Just shut it down.

I am talking about the war-on-terrorism P.O.W. camp at Guantánamo Bay. Just shut it down and then plow it under. It has become worse than an embarrassment. I am convinced that more Americans are dying and will die if we keep the Gitmo prison open than if we shut it down. So, please, Mr. President, just shut it down.

If you want to appreciate how corrosive Guantánamo has become for America's standing abroad, don't read the Arab press. Don't read the Pakistani press. Don't read the Afghan press. Hop over here to London or go online and just read the British press! [...]

Guantánamo Bay is becoming the anti-Statue of Liberty. If we have a case to be made against any of the 500 or so inmates still in Guantánamo, then it is high time we put them on trial, convict as many possible (which will not be easy because of bungled interrogations) and then simply let the rest go home or to a third country. Sure, a few may come back to haunt us. But at least they won't be able to take advantage of Guantánamo as an engine of recruitment to enlist thousands more. I would rather have a few more bad guys roaming the world than a whole new generation.

Try to imagine Walter Lippman writing in 1943-4 that FDR should release German POWs if we weren't going to charge them with anything because it was inflaming the German press.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 27, 2005 6:15 AM

Ironically, a criminal trial for prisoners of war would be a violation of the Geneva Accords.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 27, 2005 9:21 AM

Would he prefer we proceed under Rule .303?

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 27, 2005 10:23 AM

Our problem, once again, is we're just too civilized. If the roles were reversed, how many of our POW's would have their heads still attached?

Posted by: John Resnick at May 27, 2005 10:39 AM

If we shut down Gitmo the America haters will find something else to vent about. On this issue Mr. Friedman has his head firmly wedged into his colon.

Posted by: Mikey at May 27, 2005 10:51 AM

"...and then simply let the rest go home or to a third country."

Should we actually follow Mr. Friedman's sage advice is there any doubt that he would then pen a screed denouncing the rendition of these detainees? He is a perfect example of a liberal logic loop.

Posted by: MB at May 27, 2005 11:10 AM

Even a dufus like Tom Friedman.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 27, 2005 11:15 AM

freidman strikes me as someone who wears (and needs to wear) a diaper.

Posted by: cjm at May 27, 2005 11:21 AM

Tag em all w/ gps tracking devices and release them all into the wild. When they show up in Afghanistan and Iraq let the Predators do their work.

It's win/win. Lbberals are happy that the base is closed, we get to kill the true baddies, and maybe their associates in the blast zone.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 27, 2005 4:23 PM


How about when they meet with their lawyers in order to pay them?

Posted by: ratbert at May 27, 2005 11:36 PM


It's all good.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 28, 2005 12:15 AM

Are you guys really as stupid as you seem? Engage your neocortex, if you can still activate it, and think through an issue rather than just responding with your reptilian brain.

Posted by: Circe at May 29, 2005 9:34 PM


What issue?

Posted by: oj at May 29, 2005 9:47 PM