Monday, September 7, 2009

10 Downing Dimes on Obama

DailyMail has a report on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's feigned ignorance on the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber:
President Obama and the US Secretary of State fuelled a fierce American backlash against Britain, claiming Abdelbaset Al Megrahi should have been forced to serve out his jail sentence in Scotland – but a senior Whitehall aide said their reaction was ‘disingenuous’.

British officials claim Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were kept informed at all stages of discussions concerning Megrahi’s return.
"Disingenuous," color me shocked by that news.

The decision to release Megrahi has been enormously unpopular. Rasmussen found 82% of Americans disagreed with the decision to release the bomber who was reportedly dying from prostate cancer. Megrahi's medical condition is not entirely convincing. It seems just as likely oil contracts motivated the release.

Whatever the true motivation for releasing a man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US citizens, Americans agree the decision was a bad one. Faced with plummeting polls, the President offered a meek response that the decision was a "mistake." Though he didn't say directly he was uninformed, the President left the implication open. Had he truly known and been opposed to the decision, did the UK or Scottish officials ignore his concerns? Not likely, but now the doubt is removed:
‘We would never do anything about Lockerbie without discussing it with the US. It is disingenuous of them to act as though Megrahi’s return was out of the blue.

'They knew about our prisoner transfer agreement with Libya and they knew that the Scots were considering Megrahi’s case.’

Hat Tip: Atlas Shrugs and Memeorandum

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