Most Americans Think Gitmo Should Stay Open
Via Michelle Malkin, here are the latest numbers on what Americans think about Guantanamo Bay.
As you may know, since 2001, the United States has held people from other countries who are suspected of being terrorists at a detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the US should continue to operate this facility or do you think the US should close this facility and transfer the prisoners to other facilities?
Continue to operate: 58
Close facility: 36
No opinion: 6
- In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way the US is treating the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba?
No opinion: 11
- Do you approve/disapprove strongly, or not strongly?
Approve, strongly: 33
Approve, not strongly: 19
Disapprove, not strongly: 14
Disapprove, strongly: 23
No opinion: 11
I would agree that Gitmo should stay open. There have been problems but those appear to have been addressed. But what I continue to not agree with is this attitude that the mistreatment of prisoners isn’t all that important because, on a whole, we treat prisoners incredibly well.
We can’t let the abuses, however rare, just pass into history. I don’t care if they were perpetrated by so-called “bad seeds.” I don’t care if all the problems have been 100% corrected. What I care about is that it happened. And letting it slide without debate, without seriously looking into it means we are willing to tolerate it. And we simply can’t be America and tolerate abuse. That’s just not who we are. Period.
All that said, we should keep Guantanamo Bay open. It serves its purpose as a needed detention facility for dangerous terrorists and Taliban. We do need to figure out exactly what we’re going to do with all those prisoners, but we don’t need to close down the facility. That’s overreacting. The better solution would be Congressional hearings to ensure the problems have stopped and to show that Americans truly do condemn abuse of prisoners.
UPDATE: Dennis over at The Moderate Republican has some great thoughts on this issue.