JimSmithy is so high on the high road that he is hard to see from down here.
Let's do a little time warp game, Jim, and pretend that you were President back when the detainees were coming off the battlefield in nylon handcuffs. What exactly are you going to do? Where are you going to put them? How will you get the info you desperately need from each one in order to better plan your interventions?
Tell us your plan, man. Or are you just Monday morning quarterbacking?
You pick your path Bottomliner. I see you would prefer to have had the opportunity to work side by side with the likes of Idi Amin.
Let's do the time warp thing even one better. I get to decide what to do on 9-12-2001. I decide to either nuke the Al-Qaeda and Taliban HQs in Afghanistan, or start the other guy's "Arc Light" concept until there is nothing living in the area. Either way we become responsible for killing several hundred thousand people, among them the guys we were hoping to kill.
We provide aid and support for the new government of Afghanistan, and spend a few tens of billions of dollars relocating and rebuilding the area.
There are no detainees.
There is no Iraq invasion.
Some 750,000 people in Iraq who had nothing to do with 9-11-2001 are not killed or maimed.
Blackwater shit never happens.
Abu Ghraib never happens.
5,000 US soldiers are not killed.
50,000 or more US soldiers are not maimed.
Maybe even the London and Madrid bombings don't happen.
Oh yeah, Halliburton stays out of the news and misses out on all that lucrative, no-bid killin' bidness.