On Thursday, a war crimes tribunal sentenced Salim Hamdan to a mere five and a half years in prison, which, with credit for time served, means that Osama bin Laden's bodyguard and driver could be released as early as January. To borrow the obligatory media idiom, this "raises questions" about the process -- namely one: Could anything happen at Guantanamo that isn't "a stunning rebuke" or "an embarrassing blow" to the Bush Administration?
This idea that we can throw Osama's driver into jail is silly on the face of it. Do we also lock up Osama's barber? His dry-cleaner? The guy who carted around his kidney machine? How about the guys who buried him? After all, they are hiding a known terrorist!
And how about the people who paid "Tim Osman", and trained and financed him? Are they not supporters of terror worthy of orange jumpsuits?