President Trump’s Guantanamo Delusion

President Trump’s Guantanamo Delusion - The New Yorker

President Barack Obama’s failure to close Guantanamo, after having vowed to do so, was one of the sharper disappointments of his Administration. A draft of a Trump executive order, first leaked in January, which, among other things, cancels Obama’s 2009 order to close the prison, has been making the rounds. It orders the detention at Guantanamo of suspected members of “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces, including individuals and networks associated with the Islamic State.” Again, it is unclear where these detainees would come from, since even allies engaged in ground wars with these groups would almost certainly be unwilling to hand over prisoners for transfer to Guantanamo. The prison’s reputation could hardly be worse. Along with Abu Ghraib, it is viewed around the globe, and especially among the world’s Muslims, as a byword for American hypocrisy, brutality, and injustice.

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