Afghanistan

A New Gitmo?

As the White House moves to close Guantanamo Bay with one hand, could it be seeking to reinvent the prison with the other? The Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama administration is considering using a military base in Afghanistan to detain terrorism suspects—basically, the same purpose Gitmo has served. The administration is apparently worried that, without replacing Gitmo, it will have no other option but to give terrorism suspects access to the U.S. court system. The idea to use the air base at Bagram, however, has some fierce opponents: General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, fears it would endanger U.S. soldiers’ lives.