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.