Because freedom can't protect itself
The subsequent paragraphs of that editorial have several non sequiturs and ambiguities as far as the Wash Po's suggestion on how to realistically proceed.
It's troubling that the editorial board seems to think Guantanamo should be closed only to "mitigate the stain ... on [Bush's] legacy" and "deprive U.S. adversaries ... of a powerful symbol they use to besmirch America." Yes, "besmirching," our #1 public policy problem today. The problem of Guantanamo is profoundly not about being "besmirched," but about us as a people with deeply rooted ethical and constitutional norms. This is an editorial board that has spent way too much time viewing politics as a PR activity. The Wash Po fundamentally understands "politics," not in the noble Greek sense of the word, but in the crappy, name-dropping at a fake Irish bar in Capitol Hill, Chris Matthews sense of the word. And that's unfortunate.
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