Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Problem With Gitmo

Isn't the order to close it. The problem, as is becoming more and more clear, is that it was a bastion of abuse ordered by an administration that believed itself to have found a lawless loophole, a due process no-man's land where the worst could be done with nobody being the wiser.

That justice prevailed brought the situation to the current crisis, however, had the previous administration done right, then we wouldn't be in the position in which we find ourselves now. In other words, circumventing the law for the sake of expediency helped nothing and harmed far more than could have been expected.

More can be read on this topic at Andrew Sullivan's.


DB said...

Well, looking at the positive of Gitmo, Obama in one swift order made a huge impact in international relations. Unfortunately, it sucks having to stoop so low to make such gains. I still laugh at any suggestion a conservative makes that we are safer because of Bush.

Steve said...

I think we're going to find out over the next several years just how shrewd this previous administration was, or thought they were.

That we can't prosecute (at least) one of the suspects because their interrogation met the legal definition of torture, and thus is not reliable/admissible evidence should be the alarm that everyone needed to get the fact that what went on at Gitmo was just wrong in every sense.