American soldiers in Afghanistan come under attack by a couple dozen Taliban jihadis. Returning fire, they kill half the attacking force and pursue the remaining terrorists, who flee to a nearby deserted house. Realizing they're surrounded, the Taliban offer surrender.Most would say this is a grotesque and horrifying scenario, but it's effectively what the international community, and the left here at home, are calling for. In demanding that the prison at Guantanamo Bay be shutdown without any meaningful alternatives offered, they are denying the military any effective methods for taking and holding prisoners captured in combat.
But instead of ordering the terrorists to throw down their weapons and come out with their hands over their heads, the ranking soldier calls in an airstrike on the house. The soldiers pick through the rubble after the A-10s have left the scene, firing a bullet into the head of any survivors.
When cornered on the question of what should be done with the prisoners currently held there, the anti-Gitmo crowd will squirm a bit and say they should be "repatriated", which is a weasel word meaning "kick them loose".
Maybe we should release the prisoners from Gitmo. It can then be turned into a psychiatric ward.