Funny how those pre-emptive wars against countries that posed no threat to us didn't give rise to this concern, but now that there's Democrat in office...
(h/t Heather at VideoCafe)
It comes as no surprise, but is nevertheless the most confounding thing to see the talking heads and purported "journalists" act as if history began on January 20, 2009 and nothing that occurred prior to that date matters at all.
For example, one would have to forget that the US illegally invaded and occupied two sovereign nations in the 2000s, killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, and displacing a million more.
I'm not saying that it's been all sunshine and roses since Obama took office, and his lasting legacy will have to answer for his share of warfare, deaths, inequality and surveillance, not to mention the blind eye to those trespasses that occurred before his inauguration. But please, can we have a little perspective instead of the hand-wringing concern trolling that Andrea Mitchell offers up on Meet the Press?
President Obama is now apologizing to his closest foreign friends - as the NSA leak story gets too close for comfort: word from Edward Snowden that the U.S. has eavesdropped on 35 foreign leaders -- even on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal cellphone. A furious Merkel called President Obama to complain.But the White House did not deny that it had happened.
The Secretary of State has been putting out fires here - there - and everywhere. Especially over U.S. policy toward Syria. After two years of war - and the Assad regime's chemical attack, killing more than a 1000 civilians, including children - with chemical weapons - the Saudis accused President Obama of backing down - even helping Assad "butcher his own people."Furious that the U.S. didn't retaliate, the Saudis shocked the U.S. by refusing a prized seat on the UN Security Council - in protest-
The Saudis - and Israel - also worry about Iran: Is the U.S. too eager for a nuclear deal.Too easily charmed by Iran's new President Rouhani?Secretary Kerry said this week the government shutdown had made allies ask: will America be a credible partner in the future? But key allies say they are more worried about U.S. policy and spying than American politics here at home.