Rational Security

Rational Security, "The Chinese Cookie Monster" Edition

By Benjamin Wittes
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 4:10 PM

This week on the show, Shane and I are abandoned by Tamara, who has run off to the Aspen Security Forum—to which neither of us were invited. So we bring back special guest Wells Bennett, and invite Lawfare intern Quinta Jurecic on as well. On the agenda this week: Obama's latest plan to close Guantanamo; is it dead or alive? An Iraqi businessman wants to put together a private Sunni army to fight ISIS. And I talk about my new interest in civil liability and encryption. Plus, in our Object Lessons segment, I wield a knife. Shane has Oreos. And Wells has brought an irrelevant stuffed singing tiger. It's been one of those weeks.

Also, Quinta reveals that—get this—she has no political memory of a world before Guantanamo.