Posted By lex, on September 21st, 2011
Buoyed by the medial ululation that met yesterday’s end of the Clinton-era Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell compromise, the same president that promised a deeper respect for foreign cultures told a gathering of stone faced representatives from Africa and the Arab world that they really ought to get over their discriminatory policies towards the sexually heterodox. Keeping in mind that, 1) the speech was ostensibly about the issue of Palestinian statehood, and 2) some of our UN partner nations are less fully evolved than is the president himself, I had to wonder where he was going, there.
But not for very long.
I don’t know how the membership of the UN felt about being told that “peace is hard” from the same guy who escalated Hellfire strikes on Pakistani militants (a good thing) and “led from behind” on the Libyan civil war (jury still out), but I’m pretty sure they understood that they were not his intended audience.
If any further emphasis is required, read AG Eric Holder’s response to our even more evolved betters in Evropa:
Washington aims to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre before next year’s November US presidential election, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
“We share the view that the closing of the Guantanamo facility would be a positive thing,” Holder said after an exchange of views with the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
“There is no question that there is strong opposition,” he said. But there was “equal determination” by both President Barack Obama and himself to shut the centre down before the November 2012 polls.
“We will be pressing for closure between now and then,” he said.
Because the EU’s “home affairs” commissioner doesn’t like it:
Earlier this month, the EU’s home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem slammed Washington’s failure to close the detention centre as “a shame”.
“We are very displeased, this is the opinion of the European Union and of the whole of Europe, of all the member states, expressed repeatedly in our contacts with the Americans,” she said after launching new EU anti-terror measures two days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“It is a shame that it is still open and that people have not been put on trial,” she added.
Holder’s response to Ms. Malmstroem’s suggestion that people ought to be on trial went unrecorded, but presumably he’s not terribly keen on the prosecution of former American political figures, if only for the precedent it might set.