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Giving Up Gitmo — and Our Sovereignty

Here’s an update on Europe and the Guantanamo detainees:

The EU and the US are negotiating rules for sending ex-Guantanamo detainees to Europe, including on the thorny issues of compensation and whether the United States itself takes some in, diplomats said Wednesday.

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The goal is “to obtain guarantees from the US” that it is abandoning the former Bush administration’s excesses in the war against terror and moving closer to a “more European” approach which better respects human rights, one European source said.

One thing is for sure: signing on to these EU rules will finally put the truth to Obama’s fiction about not having to choose between our ideals and our security. With a European approach to fighting terrorism, we’ll toss out both. Europeans’ answer to Islamism was to create a sharia-constitutional law hybrid and keep their fingers crossed. Europe now protects misogyny, punishes critical thought, and extends full welfare benefits to domestic saboteurs. Shockingly, that hasn’t done the trick, so the actual fighting part goes to the U.S. NATO troops are barely permitted to do more than put on combat uniforms and Europe’s military budget can just about pay for the dry cleaning. We can move closer to a European approach as long as someone else moves closer to an American one. As they say, someone’s got to be the parent.

That’s enough good news. Here’s where things get interesting:

“We reaffirm that the primary responsibility for closing Guantanamo and finding residence for the former detainees rests with the United States.

“We take note that the United States recognizes its responsibility to accept certain former detainees who indicate a desire to be admitted,” says the draft text, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

That’s pretty much the definition of ceding sovereignty. While the House passes a bill forbidding Guantanamo detainees from being released into the U.S., European diplomats are drafting a document that demands the opposite. No wonder Europeans love Obama; they think he’s giving them back their colonies.