Kicking It At Camp Gitmo
Guess what? You'll probably be relieved to hear that the prisoners of war being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will be able to perfect their step-overs, scissors, and drags with a brand new soccer field. I just hope they remember to thank the taxpayers for the $750,000 donation.
The new soccer field, a reward of sorts for the most cooperating of the detainees being held at camp 6, was added to the other two recreation facilities in hopes of improving moods and reducing tensions and interaction between prisoners and guards.
The new field has been specially constructed so that the detainees "have maximum access" -- about 20 hours a day. Special passageways allow the detainees to pass into the new recreation yard without being escorted by the military.
I'm sure I'm not the only one getting warm fuzzies after reading this story. It is a little ironic that Guantanamo, after serving as an interrogation camp and prisoner staging area for the last 11 years while we've battled Al Qaeda and the Taliban, has seen its fortunes rise as a terrorist's number one vacation destination. Woo Hoo!
Don't get me wrong. I don't mind these poor detainees getting out and stretching their legs a bit, especially if they've contributed to our cause. I do, however, question if they really needed a facility that costs three quarters of a million dollars. Plus the name Guantanamo conjures up images of waterboarding and other negative connotations. So you're telling me we suddenly went from this being an "illegal" operation (in some peoples' eyes) with promises to close it down, to not only will it remain open for business, but we're throwing in soccer lessons? I want to go.
At least someone is getting some relief. I keep wondering when it will be our turn.