Fighting War in the Courts

The recent court decision on prisoner's at Guantanamo attempt to merge legal and military systems to the benefit of no one but America's enemies. Sun Tzu teaches that the strategy depends on economic realities. If the courts insist that every enemy fighting against the US deserve full legal protection, America's cost of fighting wars will zoom out of control. Not only will we have to pay the war itself but, if we take prisoners, for prosecuting enemy combatants but defending them as well. This will bankrupt the nation and make it impractical to fight wars. As Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg said in 1963, "The Constitution is not a suicide pact." It is also not a get-rich scheme for the legal profession.