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Island Hopping

June 11, 2009

Evidently, with their plan to make a bunch of Gitmo Uighurs disappear in the Bermuda triangle, the Obama administration has managed to tick off the Brits (once more) by not even giving them a chance to have a say on the backroom deal:

The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda.

The four arrived on Bermuda in the early hours, celebrating the end of seven years of detention after learning that they were to be accepted as guest workers.

But it appears that the Government of Bermuda failed to consult with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the decision to take in the Uighurs – whose return is demanded by Beijing – and it could now be forced to send them back to Cuba or risk a grave diplomatic crisis.

Bermuda, Britain’s oldest remaining dependency, is one of 14 overseas territories that come under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, which retains direct responsibility for such matters as foreign policy and security.

Maybe  Team Obama thought that talking to the Brits isn’t worth the headache since currently the personnel changes in the British government are happening so fast that whoever you talk to today won’t be there tomorrow. But actually, the only possible reason the Obama adminstration failed to consult the Commonwealth is that they knew that their British friends would never object to the transfer of the no-longer-detainees and therefore considered it unnecessary to take their precious time for this trivial matter.

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