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July 11, 2005

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On the Foreign Policy Web site, Intel Dump’s Phillip Carter proposes a Guantanamo exit strategy to Rumsfeld and the Chairs of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. Along with getting Congress off its ass the sidelines, curbing Bush’s power, scrapping the military commissions, and adopting “bright-line” rules against any kind of torture, he recommends embedding reporters:

The Pentagon’s “embedding” experiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom was perhaps the greatest success of the war. The reporters traveling with U.S. and coalition units brought an unprecedented level of transparency to the war, enabling the world to see both the humanity and the effectiveness of American combat forces. If there is one thing in short supply at Guantánamo, it is transparency. That, coupled with the administration’s obfuscations about torture, interrogations, detention policies, and other matters related to the island base, has completely destroyed any credibility the United States has regarding this facility. Embedding reporters at Guantánamo, and in military prisons generally, may be the only way to tell the American side of the story with any credibility.

Which of course is why it will never happen—as CNN has already discovered. But a thoughtful essay on how the U.S. might crawl out of one of its many quagmires.

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It's the Foreign Policy, not Foreign Affairs website!

Posted by: Jai Singh at July 12, 2005 11:57 AM