The editors at The Washington Post are again demanding of President Obama that he close Guantanamo. (Alternative link here, if you do want to waste time reading what the Post’s editors have to say on the matter, but don’t want to waste one of your five free views per month.)
It’s the usual tripe about the “blight that Guantanamo placed on the country’s international reputation,” but Obama’s plan would have made everything better if only he hadn’t been thwarted by those nasty Republicans in Congress:
Obama’s contribution has been to find new homes for all but three or four of those cleared for release — some of whom have remained in Guantanamo years after they were judged to be eligible for transfer. Those who remain include 10 who were convicted or are being tried by the commissions, and two dozen who cannot be tried and are considered too dangerous to release.
Let’s note that last line again: “and two dozen who cannot be tried and are considered too dangerous to release.”
In other words, the editors at the Post do recognize that Obama was just moving Guantanamo — and not closing it. They fail to explain how “the country’s international reputation” could be saved by moving Guantanamo to a prison in the U.S.
Their next paragraph doubles down:
As importantly, Obama demonstrated that it is possible to wage war against international terrorist groups without resorting to Guantanamo; on his watch, suspects have been interrogated on ships or in other extraterritorial locations, but none have been sent to Guantanamo.
So, it’s fine to interrogate prisoners aboard ships or in Arab countries, and it’s fine to lock them up without a trial in supermax prisons. The Post is just dead-set against us doing these things in Guantanamo.