#6 June 25, 2013 A quick thought on Snowden
“Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in the government is an existing government employee, committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. I will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government.” President Barack Obama-2008
“We expect the Russian Government to look at all options available to expel Mr. Snowden back to the US to face justice for the crimes which he is charged” Catlin Heyden, Obama National Security spokesperson.
I tend to to think of Snowden as a “misguided criminal”, and I’m certainly at this point not ready to call him a traitor. There are some things he didn’t do, he didn’t go to N Vietnam to proclaim his support for them while they were torturing US prisoners of war. He didn’t plot to bomb the Pentagon, or proclaim “America’s Chickens are coming home to roost” after 9/11, and he didn’t spend the night getting ready for a Las Vegas fundraiser instead of responding to terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi.
And for those who do call him a traitor, what great harm has he caused to our National Security? So far, according to Obama what was happening was ” no big deal”. And for the record, don’t you think the previous administration deserves at least one apology on this one? Considering Obama has blamed them for EVERYTHING that has gone wrong in his administration, couldn’t he just once say “Bush got this right?” That would require grace and character something the President seems seriously deficient in.
And does anyone believe the standing of the US in the world is improved today over the days of the previous administration? I think Putin saying “Nyet” on Snowden pretty much answers that question for us. Putin along with much of the rest of the world clearly holds Obama with much of the same contempt that Obama reserves for his political enemies or those who dare question him or blow the whistle on his abuses.