Last week at Just Security, Adam Jacobson took issue with our analysis of Guantanamo's role in jihadist propaganda. Ironically, Jacobson's rejoinder only underscores our point: Indeed, in his piece, Jacobson spills more ink over Guantanamo than al Qaeda and its affiliates have in years.
Sebastian Brady was a National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a major in political science and a minor in philosophy. He previously edited Prospect Journal of International Affairs.
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