Monday, September 07, 2009

Obama Throws Britain and 180 Dead Americans Under the Bus

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Supposedly, George W. Bush destroyed our goodwill with our allies to such an extreme that only a man as great as Obama could repair the damage. In the first seven months of his administration, he's alienated Poland, Honduras, Colombia, Canada and myriad others. The latest is Great Britain, our oldest and most loyal ally:

Downing Street has hit back at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for attacking the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.

President Obama and the US Secretary of State fuelled a fierce American backlash against Britain, claiming Abdelbaset Al Megrahi should have been forced to serve out his jail sentence in Scotland – but a senior Whitehall aide said their reaction was ‘disingenuous’.

British officials claim Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were kept informed at all stages of discussions concerning Megrahi’s return.

The officials say the Americans spoke out because they were taken aback by the row over Megrahi’s release, not because they did not know it was about to happen.

‘The US was kept fully in touch about everything that was going on with regard to Britain’s discussions with Libya in recent years and about Megrahi,’ said the Whitehall aide.

‘We would never do anything about Lockerbie without discussing it with the US. It is disingenuous of them to act as though Megrahi’s return was out of the blue.
Gordon Brown has been left twisting in the wind by Obama and has finally decided to blow the whistle as he watches his political career go up in smoke while Obama trades him for political cover (whew...serious metaphor alert).

Obama and Clinton were directly involved in a plan to release a man who was responsible for the deaths of 160 Americans solely to assist the Brits and Scots in obtaining oil contracts. By coming out and saying that Obama knew, the Brits are playing their last hand and going all in. For a nation with bonds as strong as those of the US and Britain to bluntly disclose the inner workings of a controversial deal is a first and the heat on Brown must be so severe he had no choice.

This could be as politically bad for Obama as the Van Jones fiasco and they have no cover and no excuse. Americans don't generally have the time or inclination to follow events like Whitewater and other money scandals but this is different; Obama was complicit in the release of a terrorist who murdered Americans, he was kept abreast of events and gave at least a wink and a nod as the events unfolded. Now he needs to deny knowledge and in doing so has caused great discomfort to a supposed friend. Americans can understand that and see it on a personal level as they may have had the same thing done to them by a friend.

Add Britain and the 180 dead Americans to the list of people Obama has thrown under the bus, which includes his grandmother, Rev. Wright, Father Pflager, Bill Ayers, Van Jones....

I'm guessing Tapper is the one who will ask Gibbs about this and I'm assuming that Gibbs will use the "privileged information between two governments" card. He'll downplay it but a concerted effort to bring this story to the fore will have the administration reeling just when they're trying to regain some momentum. This isn't politics, this is the simple fact that Obama allowed a murderer to be released and did nothing to intervene. That is inexcusable.

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