Michael van der Galien

A Curious Reversal on Gitmo-to-Yemen Transfers

Posted on January 4 2010 11:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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I missed this one, being busy with holiday cheer, but it didn’t get past Josh Gerstein at Politico. Five days before the EunuchBomber boarded Northwest 253 on Christmas Day, the Obama administration declared that they would go full speed ahead towards repatriating the rest of the Yemenis at Gitmo back home, according to the New York Times:

“The senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing sensitive security matters, said the government was gaining confidence in Yemen’s willingness to handle returning detainees after months of ‘intense’ talks under the Obama administration, as well as counterterrorism assistance from the United States that dates back to the Bush years….[Sr. Official:] ‘That has given us greater confidence that the Yemeni government and president would deal with this issue very seriously.

On the twelfth day of Abdulmutallab Christmas, the Times reported — on New Year’s Day, while everyone busied themselves with football games and hangover remedies — that the White House suddenly felt a lot less sanguine about the process…

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