Bush Administration Got the Guantanamo it Wanted

Ken Gude writes about Karen Greenberg's The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days for the TPMCafe Book Club.

I admit that when I first saw the title of Karen Greenberg’s The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days, I was a bit concerned. I couldn’t match the description of Guantanamo as the ‘least worst’ anything with the images of orange jumpsuit-clad detainees with bags on their heads shackled to the floor of a military cargo plane or them shuffling off to their make-shift wire mesh cells. But displaying the kind of intellectual rigor and analysis that was sorely lacking during the period it portrays, Karen’s book challenges our perceptions and greatly adds to our understanding of how we ended up in such a mess.

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Ken Gude

Senior Fellow