Saturday, July 08, 2006

Shut it down!

Another America-hater is calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay. Colin Powell, in Aspen at the AIF:
"Guantanamo ought to be closed immediately," Powell said. He said the value of holding prisoners there was unclear, but the price we were paying around the world for doing so was obvious. He said we should not release the prisoners and dismissed the objection there was no other alternative. "We have ways of dealing with this population" that do not require Gitmo."
Why does Colin Powell hate freedom?


Blogger Musclemouth said...

I give Colin's statement one thumb up for saying something that is unpopular among the power elite. But I give it the other thumb down because of his ominous "We have ways of dealing with this population..." Add a German accent and you'll see what I mean. (Nothing against today's Germans intended.) Gitmo seems to be just a black site that went grey. So, we must take these sites down one at a time, as they come to light. I wonder what the next Gitmo will be. We should figure that out and begin the onslaught ASAP.

4:12 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...

Yeah, you're probably quite right about that. Powell only spoke about it after everyone else has. He couldn't have been bothered before.

Frankly, I have never understood Bush's reluctance to just close it down, look good for doing so and move those guys somewhere else. Because now most everyone knows hold these many of those guys has been a waste of time. Why garner all that bad press? Of course, the Bushies supposedly don't care about bad press, so the whole thing might just be a big 'fuck you!' to, well, everyone. I can't see any other reason for it.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Musclemouth said...

That's a likely possibility. Here's another one: Gitmo is perhaps the "nicest" American-run torture site. Whereas many people portray Gitmo as the worst the U.S. has to offer, perhaps it is, in fact, the best. That way, the Gitmo feeding frenzy can divert attention away from the black sites in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and elsewhere.

5:59 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...

Yeah, I will concede that that could be the case.

2:00 AM  
Blogger Musclemouth said...

I must say it's a pleasure sharing these ideas. Geopolitics is a dynamic thing. So many forces and principles working in concert, their underlying logic so mysterious. But it can be known.

2:19 PM  

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