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Obama Asks Australia To Take Detainees

From a forgiving Reuters:

Obama asks Australia to take Guantanamo detainees

Fri May 29

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The United States has made a new request for Australia to accept a group of detainees from Guantanamo Bay for resettlement, a government spokeswoman said on Saturday.

The request is the first by President Barack Obama’s administration, which plans to close down the detention camp in Cuba within the next year.

Media reports have said the request involves a group of Uighurs from China’s largely Muslim western province of Xinjiang. Beijing has reportedly been pressing Washington to return them to China, but U.S. officials have expressed concerns about their likely treatment there.

Earlier requests for resettlement in Australia late last year by former president George W. Bush’s administration were turned down by Canberra in January on "national security and immigration" grounds

Once again, despite railing against Mr. Bush, Mr. Obama continues to ape him in his foreign policy – and indeed, many other ways.

Still, is Australia still a penal colony to where undesirables are deported?

Who knew?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Asks Australia To Take Detainees”

  1. Confucius says:

    I don’t understand all this back-and-forth regarding the detainees. John Murtha said his district would take them. So, what’s the hold up?

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    Shame on me. I thought Aussies were allies.

  3. proreason says:

    There’s plenty of room in the White House, and the guest rooms of Democrat congressmen.

    If Gitmo must go, and no country will take the barbers and cab drivers, and no state will take people who just happened to be in a battle area, why not use the space available in Washington.

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”Beijing has reportedly been pressing Washington to return them to China, but U.S. officials have expressed concerns about their likely treatment there……”

    Who gives a healthy s*it how they’re treated? At least they’d be getting their just desserts from their own countrymen.

    • bousquem says:

      I’m sure that the Chinese will treat the terrorists that originated for the country real nice, maybe a nice cell for the few days before they get shot in the back of the head for being terrorists.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Besides…we are so indebted to China why not help ourselves out by honoring their request.

    • Confucius says:

      Obama doesn’t want to send the Uighur terrorists back to China because China would show us what real torture is. Then what will the leftists in this country crow about?

    • TwilightZoned says:

      So ship the terrorists & the leftists. Do us ALL a favor!

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My friend in Oz e-mailed me back and said, “Not bloody likely”.

  6. JohnMG says:

    ……”Besides…we are so indebted to China ……”

    Hey! That gives me an idea. Since China wants them back so bad, why don’t we auction them off to the highest bidder (we’d have to set the reserve high enough), and if the winning bid is China, we could have them deduct the money from our national debt. It’s a win-win (and I hate that expression) situation!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I will start the bidding …………………….


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