Monday, June 12, 2006

Gitmo suicides called 'political warfare'

**this still strikes me as one of the goofier things I have heard to date about this "war" and that's really saying something**

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- A retired U.S. Army general Sunday called the suicides of three detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay an "act of political warfare."

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey said Guantanamo has become a political problem for the United States.

"I don't know how we get out of this," said McCaffrey. "Some of these people are extremely dangerous. This was an act of political warfare by the three people that committed suicide, the same as a suicide bomber in downtown Baghdad."


McCaffrey said he thinks the detention center will be closed -- but as long as it remains open, it will pose a political challenge for the United States.

"Oh, yeah, and I think right now the payoff in propaganda for the international jihadists is enormous," he said, "but the question is how do we back our way out of it."

McCaffrey recently told Time magazine the United States is "in trouble in Iraq" because U.S. forces cannot keep up the pace and public support is fading.

"Well, if we had 10 years to work the issue, there is a 0.99 percent probability we'll achieve our objective," he told NBC Sunday, "but I don't think we've got that much time."

**and everyone would be dead by then, more of that "peace of the grave" crap**
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