As Bush slinks out of the White House, I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot more stories like this:
LAHORE, Pakistan â€” When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in American custody, including five at the military prison at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected, and he was dependent on a cocktail of antibiotics and antidepressants.
Mr. Iqbal was never convicted of any crime, or even charged with one. He was quietly released from GuantÃ¡namo with a routine explanation that he was no longer considered an enemy combatant, part of an effort by the Bush administration to reduce the prisonâ€™s population.
But no big deal. Remember, it’s all a great big effing joke.