Major props to Andrew Sullivan, who writes succinctly something that I've wasted thousands of words trying to communicate:
It seems to me that the most rational divide is to treat all non-citizen enemy combatants as prisoners of war (with traditional baseline protections against mistreatment) and US citizens as criminals, accused of the most heinous crimes and facing the most dire consequences.Yes, yes, and yes. I know we can (and do) get into all kinds of bloggy chats about whether so-and-so "deserves" the protections of the Geneva Conventions and other laws, but at some point we have to ask ourselves: What would America do?
Once upon a time, America would have done exactly what Andrew describes. Hopefully we'll live in that country again soon.