For the life of me, I just don’t understand what is so hard about resolving the Guantanamo situation. If some of the detainees can be released, then release them. If some of them can be tried in military or civilian tribunals, then try them. And aren’t the rest simply prisoners of war? Treat them as such. Apply the Geneva conventions. Hold them as prisoners, and don’t worry about how long that lasts. What am I missing?

There is only one way Guantanamo can be an enduring problem for the U.S. — the status quo. When we cannot explain, even to ourselves, the purpose and necessity of the detainee base, then we come to doubt our values. When the rest of the world sees this inexplicable situation, they doubt our values. Or worse, they use the apparent inconsistencies as a focal point of fostering anti-American sentiment.