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Memo to Obama: You Can Do a Lot Better on Detainee Policy

Obama may pay a high political price for doing the right thing, but he just has to pay it.

Obama is doing a lot of things well, but he's screwing up his detainee policy very badly. Dealing with the Gitmo detainees is just not something you can finesse and resolve without taking a political hit. I know Congress is not cooperating and that that makes it nearly impossible to disposition these cases in a just manner. I know that other countries' willingness to take these detainees off our hands is limited, and that puts us in a real bind if we deem them too dangerous to release into our population and yet don't feel we can convict them in a court of law. I understand that neither the people nor the Congress will casually accept any Gitmo detainees being released in America even if the administration deems them harmless.


Booman is the proprietor of the Booman Tribune.