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Brilliant! (Update)

That Obama guy really knows what he’s doing! Yessir – we’re in good hands. And he’s sure making our friends in the world like us more than when that evil Bush was in the White House. Umm hmm:

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.

Foreign Policy 101 – coordination and negotiation with friendly countries before doing something like this for which they now have to take responsibility.

What has happened to our State Department? Lobotomies?

UPDATE: It only gets worse:

Pressed on whether the US had told the British government, an unnamed state department official was quoted as saying: “We did talk to them before the Uighurs got on the plane.”

Now a senior US official has told the BBC it was a deliberate decision not to consult London on the resettlement, after other countries came under pressure from China not to accept the Uighurs.

In a highly unusual move, a senior US official said Washington opted to keep details of the deal from London until the last minute to enable Britain to deny all knowledge of the deal and thus avoid China’s anger, says the BBC’s Washington correspondent Kim Ghattas.

The official said they expected London to be upset but added he felt the deal was made on solid ground, in direct talks with the Bermuda government, who accepted the men as part of guest worker programme.

Yeah — no arrogance there, huh? Kind of like the UK doing the same thing on Puerto Rico. Who would China go after – the governor or PR or the US?

~McQ

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31 Responses to Brilliant! (Update)

  • “What has happened to our State Department? Lobotomies?”

    Considering the way Foggy Bottom has sandbagged previous administrations’ foreign policy that would be a major improvement.  I’m just sayin’…

  • We’ve been sticking our thumbs in the Brits’ eyes since 1/20/09. Once more with four Uighurs shouldn’t matter much and I’d bet their guest worker visas from the Bermudan government were relatively inexpensive. Just a molecule of water from the bucket of Recovery and Reinvestment.

  • What has happened to our State Department? Lobotomies?

    Desperation. They’re still trying to execute Obama policy on the matter of Gitmo, in spite of all reality, and cutting corners in the process.

  • “What has happened to our State Department? Lobotomies?”

    Hillary Clinton.  She never understood multi-party diplomacy.

    • You have to wonder if somebody at the White House just got on the phone and got tickets and visas for four.

  • “What has happened…etc”

    I don’t know, but I’m sure George W. Bush is somehow to blame!

  • I hope that certain irresponsible people in Euroland (and elsewhere, for that matter) are learning a valuable lesson about the difference between disagreeing with an American president and his policies, and being actively snubbed and otherwise treated like the sh*t on his shoes.  I mean, which is more “cowboy”:

    (A) – “We believe that removing Saddam Hussein and his regime is in our vital national interests.  We’ve consulted you and asked you to help.  You didn’t agree with us, but we’re going to do it anyway.”

    (B) – “We did something and didn’t even bother to speak to you about it because it never even occured to us that you ought to have any say in the matter at all even though it concerned a part of your own commonwealth.”

  • Far be it from me to defend Obama, but it looks like the failure was on the part of the government of Berumuda and not Obama’s State Department.

    • It appears that the British government does not see it that way.

      • From the article:

        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

        Also:

        “We’ve underlined to the Bermuda Government that they should have consulted with the United Kingdom as to whether this falls within their competence or is a security issue, for which the Bermuda Government do not have delegated responsibility,” an FCO spokesman said.
        “We have made clear to the Bermuda Government the need for a security assessment, which we are now helping them to carry out, and we will decide on further steps as appropriate.”

        It doesn’t look like the British government agrees with you.

        • Oops, you are correct.  I misread the snippet from the article, my fault for the confusion.  Sorry.

    • Far be it from me to defend Obama, but it looks like the failure was on the part of the government of Berumuda and not Obama’s State Department.

      That’s why I suspect there was a payoff to someone in the Bermuda government. It’s the Chicago way. No one expects that sort of favor to come free.

    • Sounds like you’ve got a good point.

    • Shouldn’t our State Department know that the government of Bermuda would have to deal with the UK’s government and include the UK in the negotiations? It’s not like this is the first time we’ve ever dealt with Bermuda.

      • It’s not really our State Department’s responsibility to make sure that the Bermuda government does its job.

        This was a slip up, but not on the part of the US.

        • Only idiots get to believe that

          • That was really uncalled for, Neo. 

            Try reading the entire article, and show just where the British government is angry with the US government.  Next, show me where it’s the US State Department’s responsibility to be sure that other governments follow their own rules.  Once you’ve done all that, THEN you can call me an idiot.  Until then, STFU.

        • Not according to the UK.

  • Maybe they thought Bermuda was the 54th state… right after Cuba and Venezuela…

  • Given the Brown snub with the unplayable DVDs and the toy helicopters, why would this be 1)a screw up or 2)unexpected?

  • What is Obonker’s major malfunction with Britain.  He seems to want to spit on them every chance he gets.  This is embarrassing.

  • 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. “We’ve underlined to the Bermuda Government that they should have consulted with the United Kingdom as to whether this falls within their competence or is a security issue, for which the Bermuda Government do not have delegated responsibility,” an FCO spokesman said.

    There WAS no ‘Bermuda Government’ for the State Department to negotiate this with.
    That’s the same as saying the US has signed a defense agreement with the City of Paris, France, and then claiming it wasn’t our responsibility to contact the French National Government.
    What, I’m supposed to believe the State Department just ‘discovered’ this relationship between Bermuda and Britian?

  • We all know that Obama is the smartest god-damn POTUS to ever … ever be in the White House, so what’s the problem ??   It’s obviously those “low level staffers” that have been plaguing Team Obama who have precipitated the long line of carnage “under the bus” starting way back during the beginning of the campaign.  Not only are they now at the White House, but their special brand of stupidity seems to have infected the State Department and many other cabinet branches.

    All of this make you keep waiting for the “grown ups” to appear.  Unfortunately, these are the “grown ups.”

  • Looks like the natives in Palau aren’t very happy either….

    • You have to wonder if somebody at the White House just got on expedia.com and got tickets for thirteen.

  • I would bet they chose Palau because it has ties with Taiwan and not China, and thus could be bought.
    I would bet that they thought Bermuda was a sovereign country, and not part of the UK. Seriously.

    • Don’t we pay our State Department to know such things?

      And if you read the update, they seem to have been well aware of the fact that they should have run this through the UK. I think they also know that doing so would probably have ended with a “no”.

  • That wasn’t personal, it was meant in a governmental sense.
    Only idiots, in government, get to believe that.
    Real life isn’t Government for Dummies.  The State Department is supposed to be run by professionals.

  • Now a senior US official has told the BBC it was a deliberate decision not to consult London on the resettlement, after other countries came under pressure from China not to accept the Uighurs.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8098341.stm

  • One senior official said: “The Americans were fully aware of the foreign-policy understanding we have with Bermuda and they deliberately chose to ignore it. This is not the kind of behaviour one expects from an ally.”

    further update 2 days later

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