March 19 marks two gloomy anniversaries: the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the 5th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Libya. Both overthrew Arab dictators; both left the local people in such horrific straits that many of them look back with nostalgia to the days of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi.
The U.S. is certainly no model for respecting freedom of expression -- as we saw in the streets of Ferguson where peaceful protesters were teargassed and beaten -- but it shouldn't overlook the human rights abuses carried out by a country that imprisons, tortures and executes its citizens simply for speaking their minds.
By releasing the five Guantánamo prisoners without prior congressional approval, President Obama has blown away the excuse that his hands are tied by Congress. Now he must deal with the remaining Guantánamo prisoners by freeing the 77 who have been cleared, and by freeing -- or securing fair trials for -- the rest.