June 12, 2009

PALAU 4, AMERICA -200 MILLION

Am I crazy? I'm starting to think I'm crazy.

While British officials publicly slammed Bermuda, they were privately annoyed with the U.S.
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President Obama's aides told Britain the Gitmo group was headed to Bermuda less than 24 hours before the ex-inmates' chartered jet landed there, the Daily News has learned.

Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown said, "We are confident this decision is the right one from a humanitarian perspective."
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Bermuda will also receive an unspecified "small sum" to cover their costs, said a U.S. official.

The "small sum"? $200 million. Kimberly Morin says it best:

Humanitarian? How about monetarian? I’d be willing to bet $200 million that the Palau government would not have taken these detainees without Obama bribing them with a cash payout. Of course the White House says that the money has nothing to do with the detainees. It is for development for the country of Palau. What is to develop? They are a gorgeous tropical island whose economy is based on tourism. Why would we be giving this tropical island money for development in the first place? Earth to Obama - horrible recession, highest unemployment in 25 years, non-stimulus doing nothing and you are going to give $200 million to a country that does not warrant development and has absolutely nothing to do with our economy.

It costs somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million per year to run the entire facility at Guantanamo Bay. So there's two years of operating costs to unload four guys. Furthermore, Palau's GDP is apparently $164 million. Hooray, Obama just doubled their yearly intake!

Seriously, when did the whole world become the Mad Hatter's Tea Party?

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1 For $200MM, we could have sent 20,000 kids to excellent charter or private schools.

Oh, wait..the Democrats don't favor allowing the escape of poor kids from dysfunctional schools...If only they were as concerned about the kids as they are about the Guantanamo prisoners

Posted by: david foster at June 12, 2009 09:06 AM (uWlpq)

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“When did the whole world become the Mad Hatter’s tea party?”

 

Let’s see, the inauguration was what, Jan. 14th?

 

(BTW, why can’t I cut & paste on  this blog?)

Posted by: tim at June 12, 2009 12:00 PM (nno0f)

3 Tim -- Heh.

Let me see if this works:
(BTW, why can’t I cut & paste on  this blog?)

Posted by: Sarah at June 12, 2009 01:05 PM (TWet1)

4 OK, it worked for me.  I copied it and then used Shift+Insert to paste.

Anyway, I moved to this new site because everyone was complaining about not being able to comment on the old one.  Now I am tearing out my hair trying to learn the new system and being annoyed with it, and I think I get fewer comments now than ever before.  So...sigh.

Posted by: Sarah at June 12, 2009 01:07 PM (TWet1)

5 It was well before Jan 14th, and even before the November election.  It was when the press and the populace started falling in love with socialism, Obama just happened along to do their dirty deeds.

Posted by: Ruth H at June 13, 2009 03:31 AM (4u82p)

6 Sarah...very hard to comment here with my old/slow laptop; also impossible to cut & paste. Seems to be running some kind of script which does a lot of processing for each & every character. Wonder if there's a display mode you could change to speed things up.

Posted by: david foster at June 13, 2009 08:36 AM (uWlpq)

7 Awhile back I accidentally hit Mark All as Read instead of Refresh on my milspouse category of google reader.  This was totally marked as read.  Oops.
It is quite unbelievable to me that things like this get shuffled to the back after mere mentions.  Why do I care about Michael Jackson again?  People should be turning their attention to the many things like this that are just CRAZY.


Posted by: wifeunit at July 03, 2009 09:52 PM (t5K2U)

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