OpEdNews Op Eds

Tossing Angela a Fig Leaf

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 10/29/13

Original published at Reader Supported News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Obama at G-8 summit. (photo: Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Obama at G-8 summit. (photo: Getty Images) 

The New York Times reports that US president Barack Obama is "poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allied nations." Diane Feinstein reportedly agrees. All of which wildly misses the point, and pays little more than lip-service to the far broader problem: The NSA and the US government are spying on anyone and everyone in the world they choose, including but certainly not limited to heads of allied states -- including Angela Merkel -- and the American people.

Tossing a token fig leaf to those foreign elected officials the US government and the NSA arbitrarily deem to be leading states that conduct their affairs in an acceptable manner is nothing other than cheap theater, and an insult to those very leaders. All of this electronic invasion of sovereignty is presented as a means to enhance American national security. In fact, as it alienates our staunchest supporters, it isolates the US it makes the nation far more vulnerable.

What is of even greater concern is that the proposed meager act of contrition is entirely discretionary. At this moment in time, this sitting US president has decided to extend this measure of good grace to a handful of chosen favored elites. Nothing that is now is proposed would create any lasting impediment to doing all of this again if a John McCain, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton were elected president. In short, it's grandstanding without substance.

What is needed is a substantive change in course. It's not enough that our allies cooperate with us, we must also cooperate with them. The US must adhere to a code of ethics that other nations have confidence in. Yes, it is a complicated and adversarial world, but betraying the trust of all nations makes it no safer.

To believe that a unified Europe cannot impact US economic and security interests is a silly notion. The leaders of Europe don't need fig leaves, they need the kind of respect for the sovereignty of their nations and their people that builds lasting partnerships.

 

http://www.readersupportednews.org

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, now the founder, editor and publisher of Reader Supported News: http://www.readersupportednews.org

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Cliven Bundy and Homeland Security

The Betrayal of Cecily McMillan

Where Were the Soldier-Cops at Bundy Ranch?

Nancy Lanza Was an NRA Pawn

Judging Obama

Amanda Knox and the Wages of American Imperialism

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments