The Jury Talks Back

3/13/2009

The sign of willful ignorance is an unwillingness to learn

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 6:40 pm

So, we have all heard about Obama snubbing the UK’s Prime Minister.

Ok, fine.  Tired or not, piles of Clinton-era people who went through foreign leader visit or not, you get a pass on the first one.  We all – especially when we lack any actual skill or training for a job – screw up our first big project.

But Jesus God, the hits just keep on coming.

The Ecuadorian government today expelled Max Sullivan, first secretary of the U.S. embassy in Quito, for interfering in the country’s internal affairs, PL reported.

Or maybe this will amuse you more…

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, has ordered a senior US diplomat to leave the country, accusing him of siding with opposition groups in a ”conspiracy” against the government in La Paz.

Ok, that’s not so bad…

Francisco Martinez, the second secretary of the US embassy in La Paz, is the second US diplomat to be expelled from the country in six months.

Well shit

Lets not forget that Morales has banned US anti-drug agents from working in his country, as he calls on the lifting of the ban on coca for some applications, and hopes for the support of President Obama in decriminalizing coca.  When the man speaks of “similarities” between himself and Obama, I must admit my mind did not go directly to “before, nobody believed that an Indian could be president and nobody thought that a black man could be president of the United States”.

The article says that:

Coca, the raw ingredient of cocaine, is used by millions of people in Bolivia and neighboring Peru to fight altitude sickness and stave off hunger. In its natural form, the leaf is also used in teas, in cooking and for religious ceremonies.

Amazing that it has such uses…  I wonder, why might it alleviate symptoms of these conditions…

Oh yeah, because they get freaking HIGH!!!!

*cough*  Sorry, where was I?  Oh yes…

Now, as is tradition when diplomats are booted from the country, Hillary Clinton signed off on booting a few diplomats ourselves.  This is normal, and is the canned response for this kind of thing.  You boot one of ours, we boot one of yours, and life goes on.  Oblah-dee, oblah-dah.

But Obama apparently someone tied to President Obama got in the way, nixing the response.

Awesome.  They can’t even get the simple shit right…

Oh, and lest we forget, apparently that whole “visit by a foreign leader” thing is tough to get a handle on…

But Brazil is already grumbling about the treatment of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who will sit down with Obama this weekend and is the first Latin American leader to visit the White House under the new administration.

Among the errors?  Those things that just a tad bit of thought might have prevented?

Silva aides said the trip was pushed forward from Tuesday because of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday – making Latin America once again look like an afterthought. Then, the White House announcement misspelled his name as “Luis Ignacio” and put “Lula” – a nickname that decades ago became a legal part of the Brazilian leader’s name – in quotes.

I am beginning to suspect that an Obama action figure will come complete with the ability to talk and will feature, amongst other key phrases, “Foreign policy is hard”…

9 Comments

  1. This is yet another example of the Republicans thinking America is the only country in the world. George W. Bush’s failure to get right even the simple manners involved in talking to diplomats around the world is par for the course.

    If only we elected a thoughtful Democrat, we wouldn’t have these problems.

    –JRM

    Comment by JRM — 3/13/2009 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Americans may not have voted for a rush to failure,but that’s exactly what we are getting.

    Comment by redc1c4 — 3/13/2009 @ 10:53 pm

  3. What!? Did somebody forget to load the foreign policy software into the teleprompter?

    Comment by backwoods conservative — 3/14/2009 @ 12:39 am

  4. New companion for Barbie:
    Teleprompter Barry!

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS — 3/14/2009 @ 10:02 am

  5. When the statute of limitations runs out on blaming Bush, this administration is sure going to be in the deep doo.

    Comment by Dana — 3/14/2009 @ 10:55 am

  6. […] Shorter Barack: “They speak Spanish in Brazil, right? And celebrate St. Paddy’s day like the rest of us descendants of typical white persons?” […]

    Pingback by damnum absque injuria » Leaving No Pooch Unscrewed — 3/14/2009 @ 8:02 pm

  7. I think that they prefer Brasil as the spelling for their Portuguese speaking country. I know a lot of Non-Irish Catholics who use St. Pat as an excuse to celebrate during Lent.

    Comment by Hazy — 3/15/2009 @ 2:40 am

  8. Foreign policy bores Democrats. The cost of buying votes overseas exceeds the returns. It is much more efficient to buy votes domestically.

    Comment by Ken Hahn — 3/15/2009 @ 6:52 am

  9. Obama claimed that voting for him was essential to restoring the United States’ reputation in the world, the reputation his careless predecessor thoughtlessly sullied. Having made his ability to “do” dipolmacy so much better, I don’t see why Obama gets ANY passes on fumbles as bad as the first meeting with the PM, beginners curve or no.

    Comment by Sean P — 3/17/2009 @ 4:51 pm

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