Thursday, January 22, 2009

G'bye Gitmo?

One of President Obama's first Executive Orders was to have the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba closed within one year.

Canada.com quotes Obama as saying, "The message we are sending around the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism ... and we are going to do so in a manner consistent with our values and our ideals."

I'm sure there are some (the previous administration and its supporters come to mind) who would argue about what is consistent with our values and ideals. That said, it's time to clean up the mess.

We shouldn't expect a lot of help from other countries when it comes to housing the detainees that can't go back to their native countries. Spiegel reports that Germany's "Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, says the prisoners are America's problem -- any Guantanamo inmates who can't go home "out of human rights considerations" will simply "need to remain in the United States."" Of course there are people on both side of this issue in Germany, as there will be in other countries as we begin to release prisoners. Time will tell.

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