President Obama insists that Gitmo must be closed because it has become a public relations nightmare. At the risk of sounding naïve, eighty million dollars seems like an awful lot of money to spend on marketing. Better to spruce the place up a bit, perhaps add a few wide screen TVs and improve the variety of drinks available at the facility’s Juice Bar and make sure our guests are made more comfortable right where they are.
Lo and behold, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, agrees with me. Under a plan dubbed Gitmo 2.0, Hastings is proposing we leave the prison open and use our money for improvements to the facility.
The best suggestions I’ve seen for improving Gitmo comes from The Baughers who have compiled a comprehensive list amenities aimed at guaranteeing that our detainees’ experience is everything it should be. I would like to add one thing to the list.
When I was growing up my Dad threw a pig roast every Fourth of July. It was a big hit in the small town I grew up in. Perhaps we could do that for our guests and time it to one of their special holidays.