June 30, 2005


Guantánamo Thorny Issue for Democrats on Committee (NEIL A. LEWIS, 6/30/05, NY Times)

A hearing before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday provided a stark display of how Democrats and Republicans are reacting in different ways to accusations about abuse at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

For Republicans, the mission was simple and direct: defend the military's detention center at Guantánamo as humane and deserving of admiration throughout the world.

For some Democrats, the task was more complicated: to praise the patriotism and work of the vast majority of military personnel at Guantánamo, while raising questions about abuse of detainees. [...]

Representative Ike Skelton of Missouri, the panel's ranking Democrat, said that Guantánamo was in many ways better than state and federal penitentiaries and that he "applauds every American service member who serves honorably at that facility."

But, Mr. Skelton continued...

...as Americans stopped listening.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 30, 2005 11:00 AM

From what I've read it's a nicer and the treatment more humane than a number of French city jails.

Posted by: Genecis at June 30, 2005 11:27 AM

Or French houses for that matter as last year's summer deaths due to the heat attest...

Posted by: AWW at June 30, 2005 11:33 AM

Actually Americans have listened and came to conclusions that are dire for the Democrats, as their own polls indicate. See here http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050629-085428-8801r.htm

Posted by: Luciferous at June 30, 2005 11:48 AM

Reminds me of '91, when I was living in a tent in the Arabian desert, reading in the paper about inmates at the Maricopa County, Arizona tent camp jail whining about how cruddy the facility was, and how badly they were housed.

I was eating better than they were, but otherwise both the inmates and I shared living conditions, except that they had a basketball court and nobody was shooting at them.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at June 30, 2005 12:58 PM

Certainly better than the Maze...

Posted by: Rick T. at June 30, 2005 2:00 PM


We are going to see a repeat this summer as Parisian temperatures have already hit the mid 90s. Sacre bleu!

If it were up to me, we would subcontract with former members of the KGB and let them run our prisons using old prison compounds in Siberia. Somehow, I think even the ACLU would refrain from investigating the goings-on.

Posted by: bart at June 30, 2005 2:40 PM