EDITORIAL: With Friends like the Russians

EDITORIAL

With Friends like the Russians

The world learned last week why the United States has not yet been able to apprehend mass-murdering lunatic Osama bin Laden.  It’s really quite simple, actually.

Russia has been “helping” America to find him.

Apparently, two key facts about Russia have eluded the attention of America’s leaders:  (1) Russia hates America and approves of bin Laden’s campaign of terror, and (2) even if that weren’t true, Russia is no more capable of finding bin Laden than of holding a contested presidential election.  The lack of leadership, indeed the outright ignorance and stupidity, emanating from the Obama administration in Washington DC is palpable.  This is clearly a government which will live in infamy.

If you want to really understand how absolutely benighted America’s policy on Russia really is, you need look no further than the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, one Alcee Hastings of the U.S. Congress.

The CSCE is charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords on human rights, and Hastings was available to chair it because he’d been freed from his prior commitment to justice, as an actual U.S. federal district judge, by impeachment proceedings. That’s right:  Hastings was accused of taking a $150,000 bribe to alter the outcome of a racketeering trial, indicted by the U.S. Congress and then convicted by the U.S. Senate and removed from the bench.  He became only the sixth federal judge in U.S. history to be successfully impeached.  This is the man the U.S. sent to Europe to watch over Russian human rights atrocities.

Little surprise, then, that far from being the nemesis of the Putin regime on human rights, Hastings has instead become the darling of Kremlin propaganda network Russia Today.  Little surprise either, that while claiming to have brought Russia around to a confrontational position on Iran, exactly the opposite is occurring right under the Obama administration’s nose.

And meanwhile, America just can’t seem to find bin Laden no matter how hard Russia helps.  Details from Russia about exactly what sort of “help” it has given to the US are few and far between, of course.  And it’s hard to imagine how a country that finds it necessary to repeatedly buzz the American coastline with nuclear bombers would exercise itself much to track down one of America’s most hated rivals.  In fact, given Russia’s active support for America-loathing regimes in Venezuela and Iran and Syria, one would think it a good deal more likely that Russia would be tipping bin Laden as to America’s next move so he could always stay one jump ahead.  If that were happening, of course, it would go a long way to explaining why bin Laden has not yet been caught.

With “friends” like the Russians, you don’t need any enemies.  Especially not if you are an American.

15 responses to “EDITORIAL: With Friends like the Russians

  1. Russian leadership needs America as a distraction. They can hardly use Spain or Italy.

  2. Voice of Reason

    That’s right: Hastings was accused of taking a $150,000 bribe to alter the outcome of a racketeering trial, indicted by the U.S. Congress and then convicted by the U.S. Senate and removed from the bench.

    Interesting. Let’s find out more about him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcee_Hastings

    In 1988, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the case, and Hastings was impeached for bribery and perjury by a vote of 413-3. He was then convicted in 1989 by the United States Senate.

    Hastings was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1992, representing Florida’s 23rd district.

    He is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in July 2004. Today, as a Senior Democratic Whip, Hastings is an influential member of the Democratic leadership. Representative Hastings is also a member of the powerful House Rules Committee and is a senior Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). On the HPSCI, Hastings is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
    —————————

    Wow. A very alarming comment on the integrity of the US Congress…

    Thanks, LR, for the heads-up.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    You’re a pretty damn stupid person. You write about Hastings being in Congress as if you think you discovered the fact, BUT IT CLEARLY SAYS SO IN THE POST, you hopeless illiterate moron.

    What is says about the Congress is nothing compared to what it says about the President of the United States who allowed this piece of filth to hold the office in question, and we’ve trashed the POTUS more than once. Despite all that, the U.S. government is a girl scout meeting compared to Russia.

    • Voice of Reason

      What is says about the Congress is nothing compared to what it says about the President of the United States who allowed this piece of filth to hold the office in question, and we’ve trashed the POTUS more than once.

      Correct me if I am wrong, but Wikipedia says that Alcee Hastings “was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in July 2004”. Thus, the POTUS who allowed this to happen, is apparently GEORGE W BUSH.

      And I am glad if you’ve trashed George Dubya Bush more than once: he deserves it.

      LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

      IF you were a responsible and educated reader of this blog, it would not be necessary to use the word “IF” because you would know what we have and have not written. We’ve trashed George Bush MANY times, particularly for hosting an infamous Chechen war criminal in the White House and for talking about “looking into the eyes of Putin” and finding him trustworthy. We’re glad you agree Bush was a moron and his statements about Putin utterly incredible and foolish.

      FYI, “voice of reason,” we can delete every comment you’ve ever published on this blog with three mouse clicks. Your childish antics will not be tolerated. Be guided accordingly.

    • What alarming comment? Hastings was indeed impeached as a federal judge, but he was never convicted of any crime, in fact, I remember well that he was actually acquitted by a jury. This case was much talked about back in the 80’s because it was the first successful impeachment in decades. Congress had not disqualified him from holding a federal office in the future (that’s what they would usually do in this situation), apparently because he was found not guilty of a crime. And then he was elected to Congress.

      I don’t have any use for his politics, he is too much left wing to my taste, but you are talking about him as he were some kind of a criminal while this was never proved. In the eyes of the law he is as innocent as you or I.

      So, what’s your point?

      LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

      He was tried and convicted in the US Senate, and the only reason he is permitted to serve in Congress now is because they foolishly, corruptly, failed to ban him from doing so.

      OJ Simpson was also acquitted by a jury. Do you think him innocent?

      That’s our point. Our point is that Alcee Hastings is a corrupt psychopath who doesn’t know the first thing about Russia or care one whit about human rights.

      Got it now?

      • Well, in our system we agreed that the juries are the ones who decide the issues of criminal guilt or innocence. If we decided ahead of time that OJ was guilty, why bother with the trial at all. And then we would have the system of justice like in Russia.

        So, yes, if the jury acquitted Mr. Simpson, he is innocent, whether it agrees with our emotions or not. The same goes for Congressman Hastings, although as I said I have no use for his left wing activism. But people in his district have a right to elect him, whether I like it or not.

        Let’s just agree to disagree on this

  3. Hopefully the American people are stepping up. They do seem to be doing so. We will see.

    Actually I have high hopes for the future (if we survive).

  4. Understand about Obama that he was horrified when Reagan defeated the evil empire.

    My experience is that when people continuously do weird things they turn out in the end to be psychotic. We have a psycho running the show.

    • mirabile visu

      Whoa!

      Back that train up!

      Are you American? Well, you live in your own Evil Empire!

      Except your evil empire is ten times worse than the Soviet evil empire, because your evil empire extends its evil (i.e., jurisdiction) globally.

  5. Kavkazwatcher

    Sophistry – the impeachment alone should have been enough for voters in FL to elect someone else. Just because he is there – does not mean the voters shouldn’t get rid of him. However, its an unfortunate testimony to the corruption of gerrymandering and race in politics. The 23rd district is highly “engineered” to give him a majority black vote, look at any map of the 23rd district (zoom into its various pseudopods on the FL coast, exactly were the “right” demographic resides).

  6. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    I hope I’m not being impolite, but do you read the references you link to in support of your posts? Your reference that implies Russia is pulling a fast one under Washington’s nose clearly states, “Iran has criticized Russia for conceding to the Washington-led campaign for sanctions against Tehran, cautioning that its failure to “resolutely” support the declaration could send the wrong message.

    “Today, it has become difficult for us to explain (Russian President Dmitry) Medvedev’s behavior to the Iranian nation. The (Iranian) people don’t know whether they (Russian officials) are our friends or are after something else,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Wednesday by Fars News Agency.”

    Meanwhile, I note that America’s bestest friends, the Saudis, have been lukewarm on the subject of sanctions, and at present remain unsupportive except for vague lip-service mumblings.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8517308.stm

    I must have missed your editorial excoriating the duplicitous Arab dogs for their spineless prevaricating. It’s likely just a coincidence that they are your second-largest foreign oil supplier.

    Hey, speaking of oil suppliers, here’s what former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney had to say about sanctions against Iran, back when he was chairman of Halliburton in the late 90’s;

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134836,00.html

    “Vice President Dick Cheney, who has called Iran “the world’s leading exporter of terror,” pushed to lift U.S. trade sanctions against Tehran while chairman of Halliburton Co. in the 1990s. And his company’s offshore subsidiaries also expanded business in Iran.”

    Tell me more.

    “While he headed the Houston-based oil services and construction company, Cheney strongly criticized sanctions against countries like Iran and Libya…Cheney argued then that sanctions did not work and punished American companies. The former defense secretary complained in a 1998 speech that U.S. companies were “cut out of the action” in Iran because of the sanctions. At an energy industry conference in 1996, Cheney said sanctions were the greatest threat to Halliburton and other American oil-related companies trying to expand overseas.

    “We seem to be sanction-happy as a government,” Cheney said.”

    You don’t say. Tune in later, if you’re interested in hearing more, to learn how Halliburton supplied nuclear reactor components to Iran.

  7. I happen to agree that Alcee Hastings should not be involved in this process whatsoever.

    A side note:

    Juries in the US do not decide guilt or innocence.

    The verdict in a criminal case, whether tried to a jury or tried to a judge, is “guilty” or “not guilty.”

    “Not guilty,” or acquittal, does not equate to innocence.

    It merely indicates that the jury found that the evidence presented was not sufficient, beyond a reasonable doubt, to find guilt.

    The O.J. Simpson case involved something else – a phenomenon called “jury nullification.”

    “Jury nullification” involves an acquittal, despite evidence of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, because the jury believes that a “not guilty” verdict should be rendered for some reason other than the evidence.

    It is not a legal doctrine, and the jury is never instructed that it may exercise “jury nullification.”

    But it happens occasionally.

  8. As I see here, Hitler is still well and alive. Whwn are you going to march on Moscow?

    • Milovan wrote;

      As I see here, Hitler is still well and alive. Whwn are you going to march on Moscow?

      comment;
      Nobody wants even to invade russia, nobody wants to visit russia – just let this barbaric obscenity called russia rot from within……

  9. This article is a typical example of anti-Russian PROPAGANDA.

    Does it not occur to you, you brainless APE, that only eight percent of Russians hate the US? And that confidence in Putin is higher in EVERY country the EU ( except for Italy )?

    If you weren’t such a ridiculous IDIOT you would know this. There is no evidence AT ALL in this post that Russians HATE the US. And there is no evidence that Russia is LESS capable of capturing Bin Laden than the US.
    Your posts are full of LIES, and you keep on claiming to the contrary.
    I expect no more from a NEO-FASCIST American RUSSOPHOBE.

    Here is the evidence to support what I have said, I provide it unlike you, you LOSER!
    http://pewglobal.org/files/pdf/256.pdf

    Read this report, it will show just how FALSE your beliefs are.

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