It has been a sad ten years for the American people and it is shaping up to be a sad ten more.
Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay. As despicable as it is that the United States government ever operated the facility, the fact that it is still open with 171 prisoners held without trial is a sad testament to the morality (or impotence) of our leaders, our politicians, and our people.
This isn't a simple matter of inheriting a bad legacy from the previous administration. By passing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, authorizing the arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial of terrorism suspects, Congress recently demonstrated a renewed commitment to the policies that led to the creation of the Guantanamo Bay prison in the first place.