The children captured as "enemy combatants" in Afghanistan and subsequently released, have nothing but good things to say about their time at the camp, and America. They were sequestered from the adult prisoners and gave up no useful intelligence. Of course, most twelve-year-olds do not qualify as, in Rummy's words, "among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth." But their treatment was humane. Money quote:
The food in the camp was delicious, the teaching was excellent, and his warders were kind. "Americans are good people, they were always friendly, I don't have anything against them," he said. "If my father didn't need me, I would want to live in America."
Asadullah is even more sure of this. "Americans are great people, better than anyone else," he said, when found at his elder brother's tiny fruit and nut shop in a muddy backstreet of Kabul. "Americans are polite and friendly when you speak to them. They are not rude like Afghans. If I could be anywhere, I would be in America. I would like to be a doctor, an engineer _ or an American soldier."
Some, of course, will use this to dismiss the inhumane treatment of adult prisoners at Gitmo. That's a non-sequitur. Moreover, it shouldn't be news that the U.S. treats minors decently. But, given Rumsfeld's record, it is.
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