Obama Relocates Uighurs to UK Territory Without Consulting UK Gov’t

Assigned Reading: BBC: US Deliberately Kept Britain in the Dark Over Uighurs, Bermuda (FROM: HotAir.com)

This is brilliant. According to the original BBC report, our government decided to refrain from apprising the British government of our plans to transport four Chinese Muslim Uighur terrorists to Bermuda, a British overseas territory, all part of President Barack Obama’s grand non-plan to shut down the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

I linked to Ed Morrissey’s piece at HotAir because he asks all the right questions and points out all the right parts of the BBC article. We decided to talk to our counterparts in Britain “before the Uighurs got on the plane?” he asks. I don’t know about you folks, but if the Brits decided to move some terrorists–and make no mistake, these people are terrorists–to American Samoa or Puerto Rico, I’d appreciate them letting us know first.

Apparently, we’ve gone so far as to ask the Bermudan government for travel restrictions to enjoin these men from travel back into the United States. I find that hard to believe — why would the government in Bermuda want to take terrorists who we don’t trust to travel back here? It makes no sense whatsoever and, honestly, even if we did ask for the restrictions, requesting them and being assured of their enforcement are two different things.

Regardless, it is the ill-conceived move made by our own Government which shows the holier-than-thou, inconsiderate nature of our president. I think, from all of the accounts I have read–including this one–Morrissey put it best:

They talked to them “before the Uighurs got on the plane”? Well, that was certainly sweet of them. Did they mention on which flight they’d be coming to Bermuda, or did they make the Brits guess that, too?

It’s a highly unusual move, all right. I don’t recall the last time an ally sent trained terrorists into a territory for which the other ally had responsibility for security without their permission. Why? Because it hasn’t ever happened before now.

So, to our British friends: how does it feel to have Obama make security decisions about your territory without bothering to consult you at all? The liberal press in the UK used to deride Tony Blair as George Bush’s poodle; what does that make Gordon Brown in relation to Barack Obama? It’s a good thing that arrogant Bush isn’t running things in Washington any more, huh?



  1. Anonymous says:

    O great one gets more arrogant and presumptuous by the minute.

    When will someone, anyone, start questioning this risky, dangerous, idiotic behavior and act on it?!

  2. Anonymous says:

    He is closer to be a British Citizen, than an American citizen.

    I'm glad that Hussein Soetoro has a thoughtful way to to close the prison. Maybe rate the island-hopping before killing more innocent people.

  3. Gail B says:

    Unbelievable! Simply unbelievable.

    And, then, when it sinks in, it's outrageous! It's a wonder the Brits haven't blown a gasket loudly enough to be heard around the world, except, of course, by our liberal press.

  4. rap says:

    As an American, I would want to be be repatriated. As I'm sure most Americans would be. What is the problem of repatriating everyone held at Guantanamo? We are NOT responsible for their actions. They chose for themselves. Let their own Justice decide whether their actions were right or wrong. They are NOT American. American justice does not apply to them. Their own justice does. Or does responsibility for one's own actions no longer have any meaning in this country? Go ahead, close Guantanamo … and send EVERYONE home.

  5. goddessdivine says:

    That picture is fantastic.

    I still shake my head that this man was even elected president. What was this country thinking?!

  6. Gail B says:

    Remember the chunk of change we gave to the Philippines? Palau, population 21,000, is receiving another 11-13 Uighur detainees from Gitmo. From The London Times:

    "The fact that Palau is also getting an extra $200 million (£125 million) in development and budget aid from Washington – more than $11.8 million per Uighur – was not a consideration, he [Palau’s president, Johnson Toribiong] insisted."

    Particularly interesting is this comment to the story by someone who lives in the area:

    "Palau is a freely associated state of the United States. It's (sic) citizens enjoy visa free entry and residence in the United States as if they were US citizens. Once the Gitmo refugees have established themselves in Palau, they will be free to move to LA or Phoenix like all Palauans. Smart move." –
    Lakdid, Majuro, Marshall Islands

    Is it just me, or does anyone else see anything wrong with this picture?

  7. AMERICAN IDLE says:

    but his skin is soooooo creamy light brown…. and such a beautiful smile.

    verification word: witie

  8. I SEE DUMB PEOPLE says:

    I think they've been licking the toads in that White House garden.

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