The Washington Post reports:
The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live in the United States, administration officials said yesterday, a decision that reflects bipartisan congressional opposition to admitting such prisoners but complicates efforts to convince European allies to accept them.
Well, we pawned a few Uighurs off on Bermuda to the chagrin of the British government. (Special relationship? Feh!) And for a few hundred million dollars more, we sent some to Palau. And there’s this:
“It could be a big week for Gitmo,” said a second administration official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, adding that there is a possibility that as many as four more detainees could be transferred in the next couple of days. The administration is also finalizing a deal with Saudi Arabia to accept some of the nearly 100 Yemenis who are among the 232 detainees remaining at Guantanamo, U.S. and Saudi officials said.
The friends and families of the U.S.S. Cole victims (and the bombing survivors) and those who doubt the rehabilitative abilities of the Saudis will be chagrined about that.
And when we are all done with that, we still have the worst-of-the-worst in Guantanamo. Isn’t the jig now up? “According to Sarah Mendelson, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who authored a report on closing Guantanamo, ‘Once it becomes clear no detainees will be settled in the U.S., potentially you could hear doors slamming all over Europe.'” So does Obama now admit failure or tell us Guantanamo wasn’t so bad after all?
We’ve spent hundreds of millions in bribes to Palau, annoyed the British, and sent Yemenis for faux rehabilitation in the land of Wahhabism. Can we be done now before we spend hundreds of millions more (who authorized that money to be spent, by the way?), release any more potential recidivists, and offend any more allies?