As President Bush (God, I hate calling him that) finally leaves office, it looks like the Europeans will be bailing us out from some of his mistakes. No, I’m not talking about more money, even though that would be nice. I’m talking about the horrible and ethical mistake that is Guantanamo Bay. Fresh from the Washington Post:
The willingness to consider accepting prisoners who cannot be returned to their home countries, because of fears they may be tortured there, represents a major change in attitude on the part of European governments. Repeated requests from the Bush administration that European allies accept some Guantanamo Bay detainees received only refusals. The Bush administration “produced the problem,” Karsten Voigt, coordinator of German-American cooperation at the German Foreign Ministry, said in a telephone interview. “With Obama, the difference is that he tries to solve it.”
This problem is not going away anytime soon. Expect to hear about lawsuits from the prisoners in a few years, followed by investigations and allegations. Could major high-lords of the Bush Administration face criminal charges? Yeah, right. We voted for change, not dillusions.