Monday, June 24, 2013
Shouldn't America Be Bombing Somebody? China? Russia? No, I Suppose Not.
America does not abide insubordination and the defiant often find themselves on the receiving end of U.S. firepower.
Washington is practically seething over the ease by which fugitive Edward Snowden keeps eluding America's grasp. First he made it to Hong Kong. When American authorities tried to move on Snowden there, he simply hopped a flight to safety in Moscow.
Now there's word he's trying to make it to political asylum in Ecuador, possibly via Cuba.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is reduced to muttering threats to Russia and China that there would inevitably be "consequences" for giving Snowden safe passage. Consequences, really? Like what? Air strikes? I don't think so. Cruise missile attacks? Can't see that either.
What we may be witnessing is the onset of "parity politics." The U.S. needs China and, to a lesser extent, Russia about as much as they need it. That rules out a lot of the Reagan-era playbook, mainly focused on the threat and use of military violence, that the U.S. relied on during its brief, Golden Era of global hegemony.
Ecuador foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, has described Snowden as a victim of persecution and further taunted Washington by adding that, if anyone has some explaining to do, it's the U.S. government and its spy agencies, not Snowden.
Ecuador, there's the ticket! Finally, a place the United States can safely bomb. Weigh anchor, fire up the carriers. It's time for a serving of Salsa Smackdown.