The Corner

Empty Promises

In today’s Washington Post, the latest in a string of stories about freed Guantanamo detainees who have gone back to fighting against us, despite having signed pledges not to do so. Maybe someone has addressed this, but what are the consequences of breaking this promise? For a POW, such release would be called parole, and if he violates his parole by rejoining the army, his life is forfeit. When do we start executing former detainees who have resumed their fight against us? We’d be taken more seriously by at least some of these characters if we made judicious use of the firing squad.