What follows is the beginning of an extended response to an Op-Ed on page A15 of Wednesday, May 6th’s Wall Street Journal, authored by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Online edition available here. And here it is for your reading pleasure . . . or not.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham wrote an Op-Ed published in the May 6, 2009 Wall Street Journal titled, “How to Handle the Guantanamo Detainees.” While I fully realize that Senators Graham and McCain may never read a response from a young, former Navy judge advocate who writes part-time for a military justice blog, I pen this response because of my utmost respect for Senator McCain and his views on the prisoner of war debate. As an initial matter, I would say that I agree with the Senators’ desire to “move on” from the now decried opinions of various administration lawyers. Those legal opinions should not now become the focus of prosecutions, they should become a part of history.