Yes, there is farce surrounding the arrival of American lawyers at Gitmo to assist these savage men whose favorite pastime is murder. The detainees are not soldiers, conventionally understood. They are among the most dangerous people on earth. For a certitude, our government is faced with a very difficult set of problems in handling them, either for intelligence purposes or to keep them from going back and killing more of their neighbors and our forces.
The humane treatment of prisoners is a Western idea, and it is good that we have organizations devoted to monitoring that treatment. Yet even here there is farce. Imagine Amnesty International recently comparing our facility at Guantanamo Bay with the Gulag where millions of Russians perished. Then Amnesty International called for the arrest and trial of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former CIA Director George Tenet.
Gen. Richard B. Meyers responded to these imbecilic statements by saying, "I think I'd ask them [Amnesty International's provocateurs] to go look up the definition of gulag as commonly understood. We've had 68,000 detainees since this conflict against violent extremism started. We've had 325 investigations into alleged abuse. We've had 100 cases of substantiated abuse and there are 100 individuals that have had some sort of action taken, either court-martial or administrative action." Yes, general, and now we have the lawyers involved. With a little luck they will turn Guantanamo into Bill Clinton's impeachment revels or the Michael Jackson trial.