Thursday, August 01, 2013

My Face: Unslapped

I'm not sure what it would mean to "trust" Vladimir Putin, the former chekist who was quoted, not so long ago, conditioning Edward Snowden's ability to stay in Russia on his refraining from "harming our American partners."  But I do note, both happily and cautiously, that Mr. Snowden seems to be at least temporarily fairly safe from extradition (or, more likely, rendition) back home to Mordor.

But oh, several Ringwraiths seem mightily unamused:

"Russia's action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States. It is a slap in the face of all Americans," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin's Russia."
Any time this senile, psychotic blockhead opens his cavernous mouth, anyone else's attempts to "embarrass the United States" must recede into the noise.  This sawed-off little tyrant is a nuclear-powered mega-embarrassment to any thinking person, American or otherwise.  As for crying about slapped American faces: speak for yourself, bedwetter.

Then there's South Carolina's proudest contribution to the Potomac braintrust, Lindsey Graham:

“Americans in Washington should consider this a game changer in our relationship with Russia. Mr. Snowden has been charged with serious crimes and has put American lives at risk at home and abroad,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
“Today’s action by the Russian government could not be more provocative and is a sign of Vladimir Putin’s clear lack of respect for President Obama,” he continued. “It is now time for Congress, hopefully in conjunction with the Administration, to make it clear to the Russian government that this provocative step in granting Snowden asylum will be met with a firm response.”
 Yeah, watch out, Putin!  If you don't give Supreme Drone Commander O'Bomber his props, then Senator Lispy Lindsey's gonna give you a ... well ... uhhh ... a firm response, that's what!

And, speaking of the Peace Laureate, his minion Jay Carney is very, very disappointed.  Extremely so, in fact:

"We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and private that Mr. Snowden be expelled and returned to the United States," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
"Mr. Snowden is not a whistleblower" or a dissident, Carney said. "He is accused of leaking classified information. He should be returned to the United States as soon as possible."
 "Leaking classified information."  These days, all that means is that he said something -- almost anything.  Since everything's classified, that is.  Mr. Snowden confirmed, for those of us who may have doubted, that our supervisors view us Americans as their real enemy.  And they are so, so very disappointed.

Mr. Snowden, one measure of the quality of a man is the character of his enemies.  By that measure, you are greatly honored that this bunch of bloody-handed clowns are all lusting so severely for your chitlins.

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