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In the meantime, Mr. Obama should get tough with pirates today and send them a message that Americans will not tolerate their continued attacks. Shipping the men involved in the Quest hijacking to Gitmo would demonstrate real resolve.

Republican presidential hopefuls ought to remind voters that the Caribbean detention facilities actually have made Americans safer. And there’s still room at the inn.

J. D. Gordon, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, is a retired Navy commander who served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the George W. Bush administration.