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May 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Guantánamo closure

Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

In this May 14 photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba.

Cheney no authority on serious deliberation

Editor, The Times:

In his most recent frothing-at-the-mouth diatribe, Dick Cheney has accused President Obama’s decision to close Guantánamo Bay as a decision made “with little deliberation and no plan” [“Obama backs Gitmo plan, Cheney defends Bush policy,” seattletimes.com, Politics & Government, May 21] Sounds a little bit, but not quite, like the thought and planning he and his buddy W employed before launching their war in Iraq.

The differences would be that there was no deliberation on their part before the war and the limited planning that did take place was focused on ensuring that they could attend at least a few of the inevitable rose-petal parades that would greet us upon arrival in Baghdad.

Recently retired Ambassador Ryan Crocker — Bush’s last ambassador to Iraq — has offered numerous public statements about the lack of introspection on the part of W’s administration before the war, and as-yet-to-be-skewed-by-Cheney history has shown that the plans for the rose-petal parades in Baghdad were not necessary.

Cheney’s post-V.P. time has been spent making increasingly zany comments, but his comments on President Obama’s deliberation and planning on Guantánamo — a PR nightmare created, interestingly, while Cheney was in office — are as ridiculous as it gets given his pathetic track record for serious deliberation and realistic planning while in office.

— Tony Arvish, Seattle

The wrong kind of change

Well done, President Obama. Moving terrorists from the secure facility at Guantánamo Bay to the U.S. mainland, where the ACLU and every Johnny Cochran-type attorney can rush to spring them from prison, will earn you great praise from Democrats.

Welcome, “hope and change” — permanent recession and the return to a pre-911 mindset.

— John W. Nelson, Mercer Island

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