Just when you thought you’d heard it all…
TheBoyPresident™ rips another envelope all to hell.
Some history. On Wednesday, December 21, 1988 Pan Am flight 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie Scotland by a bomb planted by Libyan terrorist Abdelbaset Al Megrahi. He was eventually arrested, tried by Scottish authorities and was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. A pretty soft sentence for murdering 270 people. Last year the Scottish government released Al Megrahi to Libya for “compassionate reasons” because he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was given three months to live. He was released so he could spend his final days with his family. Surprise, surprise, he’s still alive and well and some folks are upset about it. Namely the Obama administration and any number of US Senators. The Administration has been in high dudgeon howling that BP was involved in the release so they could get oil rights in the Middle East. Senators have been threatening hearings. British PM David Cameron is coming to the US for a visit and Obama has been threatening to kick his ass. (OK, I don’t have a link, but it’s certainly his style…)
Today. We have concern in the British media about Cameron’s visit.
Barack Obama to grill David Cameron over Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi’s release
He’ll ask: Was oil the real reason?
Barack Obama will tackle David Cameron this week over the decision to free the Lockerbie bomber.
Downing Street fears the mounting furore in the States over the release of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi could overshadow Mr Cameron’s first visit to the White House as PM.
Americans are linking the issue with another source of tension between Britain and the US – the BP oil disaster.
President Obama will demand to know if BP’s Libyan oil contracts were a factor in Megrahi’s release when the two meet on Tuesday.
I’m sure, based on all the economic stories I read that the release was “unexpected”. Like every other bit of negative news that hits the airwaves. Shocked, just shocked. And the release of this murderer is the fault of a big nasty corporation. Or not. Also from the UK, because hell will freeze over before you read this in a US newspaper.
Barack Obama’s administration urged Edinburgh to base the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, it has emerged.
Newspapers had quoted a letter from Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US Embassy in London, to Scottish first minister Alex Salmond.
It read: “If Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer.”
The deputy head of the US Embassy in London. That would be a toad that works for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Who would be a toad that works for one Barack H. Obama. Who is going to grill David Cameron on the release of said terrorist. And will try to tie said release to BP.
Common decency prevents me from adding my true feelings on this subject. Other than to say, “Where are the adults?”
And yes, I miss GWB.