We are at war with al Qaeda. The 158 Guantanamo detainees come from at least 25 different countries. To pretend that the Taliban is bound by a convention signed by an earlier Afghan government because the al-Qaida fighters happened to be captured in Afghanistan would be like trying to collect a bill from a corporation that bought your debtor’s house, razed it, and happened to occupy the same property 20 years later.
She also must be paying attention to Charles’s poll at LGF, because she says this:
Indeed, it is difficult to conceive of the United States actually going to war against any country that would honor the Geneva Convention. Despite an enormous groundswell of support for an attack on France, we probably won’t. The only people we go to war with are utter savages.
In World War II, the Japanese tortured and killed American prisoners of war. In the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese tortured American prisoners of war. In the Gulf War, Iraq tortured U.S. prisoners of war – including a female officer who was sexually assaulted by her captors.
So this Geneva Convention thing isn’t really working out for us.