Should the U.S. close Guantánamo Bay?

The first commander of the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has come out publicly and said it should be closed.

Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert, USMC (Ret.) had this to say, in part:

In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong. We squandered the goodwill of the world after we were attacked by our actions in Guantánamo, both in terms of detention and torture. Our decision to keep Guantánamo open has helped our enemies because it validates every negative perception of the United States.

Here’s his original column where he explains his stance, in his own words, and not as the media has translated his words: Here’s why It’s long past time that we close Guantánamo.

I tend to agree with the man, but would love to hear everyone else’s thoughts.

(Note: please read the column before commenting and please avoid any name calling or spewing out of talking points.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Believe me… You really want to follow me.

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