Obama, Snowden, and the “Rule of Law”

Vladimir Putin, that guy who reminds our generation what Russian leaders were like before the dismantling of the Berlin wall, has done it again. I honestly admire him in some ways. Fool-hardy and brash maybe, but the man at least has guts … unlike some people in this hemisphere whose names need not be mentioned.

The latest confrontation is still brewing between Washington and Putin over the extradition of Edward Snowden. Apparently Snowden is still in Russia and is being treated like an international spy by the Obama administration. Putin says it’s not his business, and he adds that he doesn’t like our tone. He rebuffed American demands with something like, “What do I look like, a travel agent?”

Washington responded with frustration. Having already strong-armed Ecuador and Venezuala into cooperating with Snowden’s extradition, American state officials had just gotten used to having their way with people. Obama, in one of the more hilarious statements to come out of this whole horse and pony show, said:

“We’re following all the appropriate legal channels and working with various other countries to make sure that the rule of law is observed.”

What in the sphincterless gizzard of a harpy does “rule of law” have to do with it? Obama is going around bullying other countries. As soon as one doesn’t do what he says, then he decides to pull out the “rule of law” card. Nice try. Where was the rule of law when you were powderizing the rights of private Americans?

Obama is finding out that you can’t debilitate a country militarily, economically, and politically on the one hand and still hope to throw your once great weight around on the other. We don’t have the muscle to be a bully anymore. And Russia, and China for that matter, are testing our limits. If Russia gives Snowden asylum, there is very little Washington can, should, or will do about it.

As far as establishing or upholding rule of law, the “rule” Obama was referring to is: “Might makes right.” And perhaps “Whoever has the gold makes the rules.” Unfortunately, he has melted down our gold to make a golden calf in the image of big government and he has wasted our might, like so many presidents before him, on countries that can rebuild their entire infrastructure for less money than it takes for us to drop one bomb. And for what? We have killed millions of people, destroyed the civil liberties of all Americans, and made ourselves odious in the sight of the world. And we are no safer.

Sorry, Washington. You can’t appeal to the rule of law only when it suits you. Abide by it generally, and then perhaps your calls for Snowden’s swift extradition won’t fall on deaf ears. Although, if you had abided by it earlier, you wouldn’t need to be calling for his extradition. So there’s that.

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