A Vindictive American Government


rafael-correajpg-30737eeb23a0cfd0The drama continues as the fate of Edward Snowden remains in doubt.  Our government refuses to admit it violated the civil rights of Americans, and continues to spew vile accusations about Mr. Snowden.  Intelligence agencies are seeking vindication through legal actions by the American government.

When Mr. Obama was campaigning, he promised ‘change.’  He said that Americans had survived eight years of a secretive and dishonest administration.  He promised transparency in all of his administration’s policies.  The ‘change’ came in the form of extending the policies of the Bush administration.  The surveillance of average citizens was not disclosed to the public as previously promised.  Quite the opposite; the project became so secretive that most members of our government were not aware of its existence.

When Snowden exposed the surveillance program to the world, the Obama administration and the intelligence community yelled ‘foul.’  The nation’s people yelled ‘big brother is watching.’

Ecuador is considering offering asylum to Mr. Snowden.  Our self-righteous government has been viciously lambasting their president regarding the suspected action by the South American country.  Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, is fighting back.

“They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,” Correa said Wednesday in response to a Tuesday Washington Post editorial.

“The world order isn’t only unjust, it’s immoral,” Correa added.

The Washington Post described the Ecuadoran president as “the autocratic leader of a tiny, impoverished” country with an ambition to replace the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez as “the hemisphere’s preeminent anti-US demagogue”.

A bit sanctimonious is the only way to describe the Post’s article.  Surely they’ll receive kudos by the government, but they’ll lose credibility for not supporting both sides of the disagreement.

The Post went on to echo the Bush administration that no one should criticize our government.  It said; “Ecuador is profiting from duty-free trade with the US while criticizing Washington’s policies.”

The United States has become a country that rushes to judgment, and relishes war.  Our unfavorable government is quick to threaten individuals and nations, and has forgotten how to be diplomatic.

More pressure is mounting against Ecuador.  Senator Robert Menendez, who heads the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate, said such a move would hurt Ecuador’s international trade, which is highly dependent on exports to the US.

“Our government will not reward countries for bad behavior,” the influential US lawmaker said, as he was warning that he would target two trade programs with Ecuador for accepting the NSA leaker.

Menendez threatened to end the duty free program Senator Robert Menendez, who heads the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate, said such a move would hurt Ecuador’s international trade, which is highly dependent on export to the US.

Menendez threatened to end the duty free Generalized System of Preferences program, as well as the renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA).

Attempts by our government to urge the major media to discredit Mr. Snowden are fizzling.  Twitter accounts are buzzing with support. Our government has earned the disrespect of its people.  They don’t listen to the American people, they dictate.

Mr. Snowden’s future remains uncertain.  Will a vindictive American government ‘get their man?’  Only time will tell.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


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