In the aftermath of 911 the Bush administration established a terrorist prison at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This was done to get around the Geneva Convention and US constitutional guarantees. I will have to admit I’m a little uncomfortable with this approach and certainly reject the excesses which occurred. On the other hand, the war on terror is not like a conventional war in which the fighting stops once a peace treaty is signed.
Whether or not it was right to open the prison, we need to recognize that it holds dangerous terrorists that will do us harm if given the chance. President Obama says it hurts our security because it incites terrorism. No matter what we do, they will hate us.
He proposes to close the camp and bring the prisoners to the United States. Once they are here, they will either be convicted or released. After all these years I doubt that convictions could be obtained on many of them. They would be free to kill once more. We have already seen released prisoners rejoining terrorism groups.
I think there is only once reason for his proposal; to improve his political image by fulfilling a campaign promise. If he truly cares about stopping terrorism, he wouldn’t have released five senior Taliban leaders to get a deserter back.