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Obama folds on placing freed Gitmo detainees in US?

The Washington Post says Obama is giving up trying to convince anyone in Congress to take anybody else released from Gitmo in their neighborhoods.

The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live in the United States, administration officials said yesterday, a decision that reflects bipartisan congressional opposition to admitting such prisoners but complicates efforts to persuade European allies to accept them.

Yesterday I wrote about how 4 Uighurs are getting shipped to Bermuda and the other 13 (along with $200M of US aid) to Palau. Now Fox News is reporting that the UK government is not pleased:

“The Bermudan government should have consulted us as to whether this falls into their competence. Foreign affairs and security issues would usually fall under U.K. government,” one British official told FOX News, adding that they would pursue a security assessment. “It’s unlikely any more (detainees) will go to any British overseas territories.”

The people of Palau are not happy either:

Palau President Johnson Toribiong explained his decision to grant the Uighurs entry as traditional hospitality, but public opinion has appeared overwhelmingly negative. Some complained Friday that the government failed to consult the people.

And, not surprisingly, China is not thrilled: (parenthetical comment is mine)

Palau’s president said Thursday his tiny Pacific island state considered human rights — and not China’s reaction (and not the $200M bribe) — when it agreed to take in 17 Chinese Muslim separatists detained at Guantanamo Bay.