It may come as a surprise to Barack Obama that the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces does not necessarily get to decide when a war is over. More to the point, it is a disappointment to Muktar Yahya Najee al Warafi -- and it should serve as a wake-up call to both the president and Congress.
Warafi, a Yemeni who served as a medic for Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2001, is currently a detainee at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is suing for release on the grounds that the war is over and the law authorizing it (and his detention) has expired. He cites several claims by White House officials, including Obama's declaration last January that "America's longest war has come to a responsible and honorable end."