The Associated Press has learned the Obama administration is in talks with the remote South Pacific island nation of Palau (PA’-lau) to resettle some or all of 17 Chinese Muslims now held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. . . The officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the delicacy of the negotiations. They said the U.S. is prepared to give Palau up to $200 million in aid to accept the Uighurs. Palau is an independent nation about 500 miles east of the Philippines that has close ties with the U.S.
Left unsaid is what security will be provided so that they can’t simply grab the next canoe and paddle off (or someone can’t paddle in and do them harm). But really, what is the point? Why are the taxpayers supposed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to move the Uighurs from a Caribbean Island to a South Pacific Island? Well, so everyone will think so much better of us. Once the terrorists stop convulsing with laughter (“Hey — get captured, get a cabana from those crazy Americans!”) I am sure they will conclude we have ceased to be serious about national security and have become obsessed with “image.” And they will be right.