It is, I suppose, one of the perks of being in the opposition that one need not have anything useful, interesting, or responsible to say on key matters of policy. For years, it was the Democrats who had nothing interesting to say about detention policy, just the irritating and frivolous mantra, "Close Guantanamo." But at least in the current debate, the GOP Pledge to America takes a certain pride of place for irresponsible vacuousness in a generally irresponsible and vacuous debate. As best as I can tell, the entirety of the document's discussion of war on terror legal policy is the following (p. 38-39), though some discussion of border and visas security issues surrounds it:
Keep Terrorists Out of AmericaWe will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil. We will hold President Obama and his administration responsible for any Guantanamo Bay detainees they release who return to fight against our troops or who have become involved in any terrorist plots or activities.
Demand an Overarching Detention PolicyForeign terrorists do not have the same rights as American citizens, nor do they have more rights than U.S. military personnel. We will work to ensure foreign terrorists, such as the 9/11 conspirators, are tried in military, not civilian, court. We will oppose all efforts to force our military, intelligence, and law enforcement personnel operating overseas to extend “Miranda Rights” to foreign terrorists.
That's right, folks. The consensus GOP position on some of the most vexing national security law issues of our day is a three part policy: (1) replacing the irritating and frivolous slogan "Close Guantanamo" with the equally irritating and frivolous slogan "Don't Close Guantanamo," (2) a blanket opposition to civilian court terrorism trials for any foreign terrorist suspects, and (3) a simmering hatred of Miranda v. Arizona. Do you feel safe now?