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?