Aaron French’s article on the security implications of the obesity epidemic in the United States is insightful and deals with a truly fundamental issue in national preparedness. It was ever thus. We don’t often think of it in those terms, America’s “greatest generation” of the 1940’s faced similar challenges, though for much different reasons, and that in itself may increase our concern.
Michael Slawson, in his article “Gitmo: It’s Not Even Over When We Say It’s Over,” draws a predictable but flawed conclusion in his analysis of the Obama administration’s apparent decision not to close the Detention Center. He contends that holding and interrogating detainees without legal charges and in violation of legal rights is not only bad policy but a betrayal of American values. And there’s the flaw. Like the Obama administration, and the Clinton administration before them, Slawson considers the terrorist-detainees at Guantanamo Bay criminals when in fact they are prisoners of war.