On Fox News Sunday, Fox News Washington managing editor Brit Hume said that accusations of torture at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have emerged from a "community" that includes both "the American left" and "enemies across the world from which terrorism springs."
From the June 12 broadcast of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday:
HUME: I think this goes to a much larger question here, and that is about the waging of this war. And I don't think the United States can be effective and tough and strong in this war, and also be particularly popular. And I think that these kinds of problems and accusations [about prisoner abuse at Guantánamo] and so forth grow out of a community that stretches from the American left through much of Europe to enemies across the world from which terrorism springs, who want the world to believe that America is what's wrong with the world, or is in danger always of being what's wrong with the world, and if this administration starts yielding to those critics, it will be a very perilous path --
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol challenged Hume's claim that critcism of Guantánamo has come only from the "American Left" or from those who want to undermine the fight against terrorism. "Very senior officials at the National Security Council think that. Very senior people in the Defense Department, in the uniformed military are unhappy with the way Rumsfeld has handled this," Kristol said. Prior to Hume's comment, NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams had pointed out that Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) recently suggested that Guantánamo should be shut down.