3,260. 12/27/2001

“In December 2001, faced with the problem of where to house prisoners as the Taliban fell, the [Bush] administration alighted on the idea of holding them at Guantanamo Bay, a naval base the U.S. had leased from Cuba since 1903. As [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld put it on December 27, 2001, ‘I would characterize Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the least worst place we could have selected.’ “

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Page 104

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