State Department praises jihadist for helping US with Gitmo resettlement
Maybe next, they'll invite Osama bin Laden to the State Department dining room for a cup of tea:
On January 14, 2010, a former Guantanamo detainee named Moazzam Begg met with the foreign minister of Luxembourg to discuss the resettlement of additional detainees in Europe. Afterward, Begg attended a screening of "Taxi to the Dark Side," a film that portrays America's detention policies in the worst possible light. Begg also participated in a Q&A session with members of the audience.
This prompted an American diplomat who was in attendance to write a summary of the event and of Begg's "barnstorming" tour throughout Europe. (A copy of the cable can be found on the New York Times's web site.) Foggy Bottom's correspondent gushed:
Mr. Begg is doing our work for us, and his articulate, reasoned presentation makes for a convincing argument. It is ironic that after four years of imprisonment and alleged torture, Moazzam Begg is delivering the same demarche to [Government of Luxembourg] as we are: please consider accepting GTMO detainees for resettlement. Despite Begg's optimism, the Prime and Foreign Ministers continue to publicly state that the [Government of Luxembourg] supports the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and stands ready to assist from a financial and logistical perspective, but cannot accept detainees for resettlement.
It would seem that at least some members of our State Department have a slight problem with "enemy identification." And what did this bright fellow think was the reason that Luxembourg didn't want to accept any Gitmo detainees for resettlement? Maybe their quota of "unreformed terrorists" was met already?
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky