The White House signalled yesterday it is adamant that Canadian terror suspect Omar Khadr face justice at Guantanamo Bay, where he remains the only Westerner being held at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.Let me guess...at the upcoming summit they'll be coming up with some benign platitude that suggests Harper has raised the issue and Bush will consider it...and then nothing will happen. Like it or not, Harper's going to get pressure on this for the foreseeable future until he breaks his silence.
By reiterating that the military court process will play out in the case of the 20-year-old Toronto man, the Bush administration was launching a pre-emptive strike in advance of next week's meeting of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderón in Quebec.
"We ultimately want to have all of the cases at Guantanamo Bay adjudicated and people dealt with in a just and fair manner," said White House spokesperson Gordon Johndroe.
Harper now stands virtually alone among U.S. allies in not condemning or even criticizing the Guantanamo prison camp, which even the administration here concedes has become a stain on America's reputation worldwide.
Friday, August 17, 2007
U.S. says forget it on Khadr
Of course they did. Now the question is what will Harper say, if anything, to Bush about Gitmo and Khadr, an issue that is ripening in Canada: