Monday, September 7, 2009

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

Since Day One the Obama administration has done its dead level best to alienate our great ally Great Britain. It seems to be working. The Daily Mail is reporting that Team Obama was informed "every step of the way" about the negotiations and the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi.

‘The US was kept fully in touch about everything that was going on with regard to Britain’s discussions with Libya in recent years and about Megrahi,’ said the Whitehall aide.

‘We would never do anything about Lockerbie without discussing it with the US. It is disingenuous of them to act as though Megrahi’s return was out of the blue.

'They knew about our prisoner transfer agreement with Libya and they knew that the Scots were considering Megrahi’s case.’

At home, of course, we heard Obama say Megrahi's release was "a mistake," Eric Holder called it "regrettable," and Hillary Clinton called it "absolutely wrong."

The fine point is did he sign off on it? Obama defenders will say that maybe Obama did in fact know about the negotiations and release, but that doesn't mean he signed off on it. So as David Frum asked last week, how vocally did Team Obama protest?

"Exactly how vigorously did the Obama administration protest? Why did those protests produce so little result? Do British/Scots feel so little regard for the new Obama administration that they ignore its strong complaints? Or were complaints possibly less than strong? After all, a complaint in the form, “We don’t want you to do X, but if you must do X, we prefer that you do it in the following way…” does not constitute a very resounding warning."

No matter what the answer it is yet another sign that Obama is soft of terrorists. At least, terrorists will see it that way. And that's what really matters.

(H/T: Memeorandum and Hot Air)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For some reason I believe that Obama had a ulterior motive as to not putting up a stronger resistance to the release of the terrorist.

First, you have to remember that Scotland is under the same great health care system as the rest of Great Britain. Their citizens who are dying don't get the necessary care to preserve life, let alone a convicted terrorist.

I believe that had Abdelbaset Al Megrahi stayed in that Scottish prison to suffer and die, there would be question as to why he wasn't being treated, and knowing how the British System is, Obama didn't want to open that can of worms when he's trying to force the same style of health care on American citizens.