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May 29, 2009

Germany: Yeah Maybe We Won't Be Taking Gitmo Detainees After All

Turns out the Europeans want to see more good faith action from Obama and less of that hopey changey talk.

The Obama administration's push to resettle at least 50 Guantanamo Bay prisoners in Europe is meeting fresh resistance as European officials demand that the United States first give asylum to some inmates before they will do the same.

Rising opposition in the U.S. Congress to allowing Guantanamo prisoners on American soil has not gone over well in Europe. Officials from countries that previously indicated they were willing to accept inmates now say it may be politically impossible for them to do so if the United States does not reciprocate.

"If the U.S. refuses to take these people, why should we?" said Thomas Silberhorn, a member of the German Parliament from Bavaria, where the White House wants to relocate nine Chinese Uighur prisoners. "If all 50 states in America say, 'Sorry, we can't take them,' this is not very convincing."

But they are just poor innocent Uighurs who were caught up in Bush's reign of terror! Of course you have to ignore the fact they were trained in al Qaeda run camps in Afghanistan to believe that.

Naturally Obama blames Bush for all of this, just another inherited problem. Perhaps Gitmo and what to do with the detainees there wouldn't be such a problem if people like Obama hadn't spent the last 5 or so years stirring up outrageous outrage over it.


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