Glenn Greenwald, still a little pissed off, and rightly so, of efforts to silence him by attacks on his family and so forth, seems to have established an enviable web of international news sources who are more than happy to feed tidbits of curious information about the Administration, and its particularly interesting that he is paired with Jeremy Scahill on the foreign policy aspects of this. At this point, you really have to follow them on foreign blogs, since they claim a cyber war has been aimed at their domestic pages. Nonetheless, there were four reasons posited this week why Obama didn’t go to Asia this week, and why the “shut down” was a lame excuse.
First, as I noted to Rick over the weekend, and as American media almost ignored, the Regime had American troops on the ground and involved in actual combat in no fewer than twelve countries. We know a lot about what happened in Libya and Somalia because people were talking, but there were a bunch more operations, most apparently launched off ships, that seemed to be a crazy patchwork of anti-drug and anti-terrorism skirmishes throughout Africa and Central/South America. Obama gets portrayed as a psychotic spider at the center of some kind of crazy web, but it seems evident that some kind of operation was underway that couldn’t be addressed from Asia. So, in short, more lies from Obama about what he’s doing. And, equally, sounds like Obama has some reporting to do to Congress under the War Powers Act. Bet he won’t. The Regime won’t react to Syria, but the Regime doesn’t flinch from attacking Somalia without consulting Congress. Look how well that worked out for shoppers in Kenya.
And then there is the pesky question of war crimes–the suggestion that Barry can no longer travel overseas to places where he might be nabbed for war crimes. And then there is the suggestion that the countries he was supposed to visit couldn’t guaranty his security.
And I also like the suggestion raised not just by Republican pundits and Democratic pundits that Barry didn’t want to have to explain the impending debt ceiling crisis to our Chinese overlords–it would be like going to a party at the landlord’s house when you know you might not pay the rent next week.
But I’m just glad he didn’t go. The guy is such an embarrassment that any day he stays home is a success for America’s credibility overseas.