Caught Flat-Footed – A Time-Line
“The Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is likely to be freed on compassionate grounds next week, the BBC understands.” August 13th 2009
And so the saga began. Scottish officials floated the trial balloon of freeing the lone convicted murderer of the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people. While Conservative MP’s called for hearings, the Gordon Brown Labour government did nothing. They could feel all warm and fuzzy inside because of the next development.
“US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has personally urged Scotland’s justice secretary not to free the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.” August 14th 2009. BBC
Now, keep in mind, the Secretary of Nagging was not acting in her capacity as U.S. Secretary. She was personally ‘urging’ the Scottish officials not to free the mass murderer. The report includes excuses as to why Clinton would care about such a mundane matter. Many of her former constituents were alarmed at this prospect so she politely suggested they not free him. This is what passes for a foreign policy manuever in the Abu Hussein Administration at the White House.
“In his daily press briefing, Philip Crowley, from the US State Department, said: “Obviously, we continue to talk to Scottish authorities about this particular case. Secretary Clinton, in the past day, talked to Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill and expressed strongly the United States view that Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi should serve out the entirety of his sentence in Scotland for his part on the bombing of the Pan Am 103 flight.” News.stv.tv August 15th 2009
The Nag department finally is getting into the act. Clinton has signaled an ‘expressed strongly’ wording to halt the Scottish proceedings. That is a little like a lawyer in court after having an objection overruled standing up and saying ‘no, I really mean it, I really do object.’ Meanwhile, Bagdad Bob and his wacky sidekicks at the White House were busy burying email address lists and blaming spam for their problems with health care takeover.
Are the US and Britain – or more specifically Scotland – heading for a diplomatic rift over the Lockerbie case? Probably not, in spite of the public statements over the last week from the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and others in the Obama administration. August 19th 2009 The Guardian
Facing rapidly dropping poll numbers and increased fury over misstatements and ‘false witnessing’, the Great Prevaricator seems to have ignored or even written off the Lockerbie issue without much aplomb. Blithely ignoring an international crisis seems to be the Obama policy. Their ‘Kumbaya’ philosophy cannot be burdened by details as ordinary as the freeing of a mass murderer to cheering crowds. Engagement, regardless of the outcome, is their philosopher’s stone.
“President Obama today described the release from prison of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, as ‘a mistake’.
Within minutes of Mr Obama’s comments, al-Megrahi arrived in Libya to a “hero’s welcome”. Pictures from Tripoli showed hundreds of supporters, some waving Scottish flags, greeting al-Megrahi as he got off the plane.” August 20, 2009 Timesonline.
Abu Hussein once again finds himself with egg dripping down his patrician nose. Instead of politely accepting his vaunted advice, the Libyan dictator’s son and throngs of happy campers met the mass murderer at the airport. Jaunty in his new suit and tie, the terrorist was lead to a hero’s welcome home party. How rude!
Barack Obama last night denounced Scotland’s release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi as a mistake, and revealed the US had opened talks with Libya urging the regime to keep the terminally-ill man under house arrest until his death. The Guardian August 21, 2009
But, strangely enough, Gaddafi, having no fears from this empty suit puffed up with words, ignored Obama’s overatures and ‘urgings’ and reaped political hay from the event. Autocrats and terrorists around the world cheered. They have more evidence that Abu Hussein will not lift a finger when faced with an international crisis. He’ll ‘urge’ and ‘strongly condemn’ but will not even pick up a phone or dispatch his Secretary of Nagging to act in the nation’s best interest.
Such is the flat-footed foreign policy of Kumbaya