“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
The Sunday Sermon
Oh dear where to start.
I’ve said before that America is bad – that’s capital ‘B’, ‘A’ and ‘D’ – at foreign policy. The US Government should know this by now, I’m not the only one saying it. It is a well known fact all over the world – except in America which apparently doesn’t know very much about the rest of the world and also apparently isn’t going to learn any time soon.
There hasn’t been any time in history when America needed to take stock of what has happened and try to make a few friends out there in the big wide world rather than pissing everyone else off needlessly.
Sure if you’re the biggest and strongest on the field you can kick anyone around. But to what purpose when it’s just as easy to get people on your side. Most of the woes America faces, the rest of the world faces too. There’s more in common out there that you might at first think.
Cue the man who was going to bring in great change and had the power to do so. But, no, President Obama hasn’t changed a damn thing. He inherited a great big hole and he just jumped in there with his shovel and keeps on digging.
Worse, he has yet again allowed croneyism to take the place of innovation and good sense.
To help him he has given government positions to the biggest bunch of idiots that you could ever imagine.
Their first job it seems was to continue to piss off Europe. Hot on the heels of the NSA getting caught spying on German Chancellor Merkel, the U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, was caught in a phone call recording saying “F*** the EU”.
Yes, you read that correctly. And she did all this as she was discussing who should be in the new Ukrainian government.
Whoops! And Double Whoops!!
Here it is if you want to hear it for yourselves.
That’s the Secretary of State.
Now what about the Presidential appointeees, the Ambassadors.
You would think the main criteria for choosing your Ambassadors would be to get someone who has an in depth knowledge of the country where they will be posted. Someone well versed in the culture, history, politics etc. Someone who will fit in straight away and make a good impression on behalf of the American people.
Yes, of course it does.
Is it the way America chooses its Ambassadors?
No, of course it’s not.
America chooses its Ambassadors, not on ability, but rather on how much money they have raised for the President’s election or re-election campaign.
That’s what you call corruption in any other country. I’m not sure what it’s called in America but the consequences are plain and pathetic to be seen.
Nowhere better than in the most recent hearings for the ambassador positions.
In this lot of new Ambassadors we had Colleen Bell, a TV producer for a soap opera who was picked as the U.S. envoy to Hungary. Did she know anything about Hungary? No. She didn’t utter a word of sense, just relied on waffle and bluff.
The only thing that eased her humiliation was the new Ambassador to Norway who was so clueless he didn’t even know who was in Government there. He even called the Progress Party, which is part of Norway’s ruling coalition, a hate-spewing “fringe element.”
And last in these examples, but not least in terms of inability and unsuitability for the job, was Noah Bryson Mamet. He was the nominee for the Argentina ambassadorship despite the fact that he’d never even visited that country and can’t speak Spanish.
A couple of million dollars for Obama apparently goes a very long way to getting you the job of representing America on the world stage.
Incredible! And not in a good way.
I’ll give you the opportunity to hear Anderson Cooper’s take on it too.
Until the next rant!
And Abbey Martin