There is reason to think that the Bush administration was already succumbing to pressure to release detainees who could not be tried criminally, even if they still posed a danger. By the Pentagon's estimate, some 60 former Guantanamo detainees have returned to the battlefield. This number has prompted some skepticism, but no one denies that some detainees have resumed combat.Rather than prompting skepticism, the fact that 5 dozen released 'terrorists' have returned to the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq ought to produce howls of scornful laughter. But I suppose it's not unlike the issue of Congress fighting over a few million in squandered money while passing a trillion dollar boondoggle stimulus package: little numbers are more important than big ones, if only because they are comprehensible.
Obama is in the (long, drawn-out, and questionable) process of adding 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, and yet BOTW worries that by shutting down Guantanamo Bay, we have released one opposing fighter for every 500 American troops we will soon be sending to that ungovernable hellhole. 60 native fighters are completely irrelevant to whether or not American goals are ever implemented there.
Perhaps there is a better way to go about this: don't take prisoners in the first place. It is without a doubt the fact that America cannot imprison everyone in the world who might be "dangerous." It cannot even imprison a meaningful number of them. So long as we insist on going overseas looking for monsters to slay, we will always find an unlimited number of people who might fit the bill. There is truly nothing to be gained by bringing a few dozen of them back over here.