This doesn’t look good for the Obama administration, particularly as it pledged to close Guantanamo back in 2008:
Another prisoner has died at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.S. military said Monday, two days after the man was apparently found unconscious in his cell at the isolated, high-security prison.
Guards administered first aid to the prisoner before he was rushed to a base hospital, where he was declared dead “after extensive lifesaving measures had been performed,” the U.S. military’s Southern Command said in a brief statement…..
The prisoner was the ninth detainee to die at the facility since it was opened in January 2002 to hold men suspected of terrorism or links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. The military has said two of the previous deaths were by natural causes and six were declared suicides.
The existence of Guantanamo is a complete embarrassment to the US – not only is it completely illegal under international law, it is serving only to foster resentment in the Muslim world. The news of the latest suicide is yet more ammunition for disgruntled citizens of the Middle East and there will no doubt be blowback in one form or another. It’s hard to see what purpose Guantanamo now holds for anyone and it’s high time the Obama Administration made good on its word. Perhaps the Democrats made a political calculation that doing it in the President’s first term would have given the Republicans more ammo to hit him with, but it’s hard to see how the benefits of keeping it open outweigh the risks. The longer it is open, the more tragedies like the one above are bound to happen. And that results in more danger to America.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.