|
|
|
The Daily Ardmoreite
A blog 'for independent minds'
Guantanamo, seriously
email print
About this blog
Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
X
Political Views
Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
Recent Posts
June 16, 2014 11:11 a.m.
June 16, 2014 11:11 a.m.
June 15, 2014 5:10 p.m.
June 13, 2014 5:11 p.m.
June 13, 2014 5:11 p.m.
By Rick Holmes
Jan. 12, 2013 11:05 a.m.



Rob has raised the issue recently of the government’s failure to close down Guantanamo, in typically hyperbolic tones. Another, far more nuanced view was presented this week in the Times by an attorney that has defended the rights of Gitmo detainees. Jennifer Daskal was one of the DoJ lawyers derided as the “Al Qaeda 6″ in 2010 when they advocated for closing the facility:



Now, almost four years later, I have changed my mind. Despite recognizing the many policy imperatives in favor of closure, despite the bipartisan support for this position, and despite the fact that 166 men still languish there, I now believe that Guantánamo should stay open — at least for the short term….



Guantánamo in 2013 is a far cry from Guantánamo in 2002. Thanks to the spotlight placed on the facility by human rights groups, international observers and detainees’ lawyers, there has been a significant, if not uniform, improvement in conditions.



The political reality is that closure of Guantánamo is unlikely to happen anytime soon, and if it did, it would do more harm than good. We should instead focus on finding places to transfer those cleared to leave the facility and, more important, on defining the end to the war.



In a recent speech, Jeh Johnson, then the Department of Defense general counsel, discussed a future “tipping point” at which Al Qaeda would be so decimated that the armed conflict would be deemed over. Statements from high level officials suggest that this point may be near.




Several observers have latched on to the Johnson speech as a hopeful sign that serious people are considering how to resolve the legal contradictions that flowed from Bush/Cheney’s response to 9/11 (Newsweek’s got a story here). Unfortunately, it’s the kind of grownup discussion likely to get distorted and thwarted if it gets pulled into the center ring of the political circus.



 

Recent Posts

    latest blogs

    • Community
    • National