Under normal circumstances, I could use the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi as a precursor to slam President Obama. Looking at the situation, however, I agree with what he said, and would like to give the reasons why. I’m not going soft on this administration, but every President will say things I agree with once in a great while.
A couple of days ago, the Obama administration and many in Congress insisted that the only man convicted of the terrorist act of downing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and murdering nearly 300 people (189 of those were Americans) should not be released from prison, despite the fact that the murderer is supposedly dying of prostate cancer. The Scottish judge who had jurisdiction over this case had al-Megrahi released anyway and he was sent to live out the remainder of his days in Libya. Obama followed up by saying the release was a mistake and said that the government had contacted Libyan authorities to further insist that the terrorist remain under house arrest until he dies. Unlike most every other aspect of Obama’s ridiculous foreign policy, I agree with him that Scotland’s release of this terrorist was a mistake, and that I agree with him saying so publicly.
Could Obama have done more? I seriously doubt it. It was the Bush administration that re-established ties with Libya. Depending on what the Qaddafi regime does with al-Megrahi, I don’t see Obama calling for sanctions against the country; and Obama isn’t going to call for sanctions against Scotland or the U.K. As much as we’d like to think so, the United States doesn’t have omnipotent influence over every decision of every other country. Even under the Bush administration, the U.S. government couldn’t persuade Pakistan to do anything to A.Q. Khan, nor force Middle Eastern countries to permanently imprison terrorists released from Gitmo over the last few years. In the case of the al-Megrahi release, Obama’s hands were and are tied. He did the only thing he could do. And I agree with what he said.
With that, it is time to return to the evisceration of Obama’s policies and competency.