The back-and-forth with Andrew Sullivan’s guest bloggers is starting to reach the point of diminishing returns–these guys don’t want to acknowledge any overestimation of the benefits of closing Guantanamo Bay, and they don’t want to acknowledge any underestimation of the risks, costs, and complications of moving them stateside. This morning they cite a few quotes from a Kansas City Star article, but prefer not to share with their readers other sections like:
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican, said he had been told by officials from Muslim countries that they would no longer send officers to the Army Command and General Staff College if the detainees came to Fort Leavenworth.
“We’ve already heard from students from Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia that they will leave, or be pulled by their governments, if the detainees from Guantanamo are moved there,” Brownback said. “It’s where these relationships are built with foreign officers, particularly in the Islamic world. This really hurts us.”
We can dismiss that as more parochial NIMBYism, I guess.