Diana West

Now, the British newspaper The Guardian has reported that Iraq's military is blaming the sharp rise in violence this year on American-released detainees. Maj. Gen. Ahmed Obeidi al-Saedi claims as many as 80 percent of former detainees have joined or rejoined militant groups, adding that 86 former inmates of U.S prisons have been rearrested since March 10 alone.

"We ask them, did they finish their time in prison rehabilitated psychologically and they say, 'No, it was the perfect environment to reorganize al-Qaida,'" the Iraqi general said.

Obviously, our men in Fort Leavenworth prison pose no such risks. But they continue to rot behind bars, with neither former President Bush nor President Obama troubled by the injustice of it all, even as clemency spreads across the map to Taliban Afghanistan.

Last week, the New York Times reported that American commanders are informally releasing Taliban fighters on their own recognizance after they "promise" not to fight jihad in the path of Allah again - or PC words to that effect. "This letter right here is a sworn pledge from all of your elders that they're vouching for you and that you will never support the Taliban or fight for the Taliban ever again," one commander told a 23-year-old Taliban seized after Marines found a bomb trigger, ammunition and opium buried on his property.

But no such clemency for our own.

McClatchy Newspapers recently reported that since January of this year, 200 alleged Taliban insurgents had been more released from Bagram prison, including 11 this month. After actually being dressed down by one of these newly freed prisoners, Lt. Gen. John R. Allen, No. 2 man at U.S. Central Command in Florida, "delivered a contrite speech as Afghan leaders and former prisoners munched on fresh fruit and chocolate cake."

"If we detained you unfairly, I am sorry," Allen told the men. "I hope this is a great day for you to return to your families."

Those are the words the general should say to his own men, now prisoners at Fort Leavenworth.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).