The National Security Agency (NSA) cannot spy on anyone, friend or foe, unless its activities are authorized by the White House. In short, for the low information voter, Barack Obama had to order it.
Feeling betrayed by a nation she considered a good friend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is very upset that the United States monitored her personal cell phone. Germany has had a long history of sharing information and intelligence with the United States. Allies obviously need a high level of trust in each other. The revelation that Obama’s NSA was spying on NATO ally leaders has dealt a serious blow to that necessary trust.
In addition to being thoroughly unacceptable and in exceptionally poor taste, Obama’s actions may well lead to the dissolution of NATO. European leaders have understandably lost trust in Obama. But don’t look for the mainstream press to report that fact.
Obama is possessed of a strong anti-colonial upbringing. It was first noted when he unceremoniously returned a bust of Winston Churchill loaned by the British to President Bush after 9-11. Obama was classless enough to send it back with a “no thank you” note! By spying on world leaders, he likely seeks to drive a wedge between the United States and her allies. It is his loutish way to fulfill the dream of his true father, Frank Marshal Davis, to get even with the former colonial powers and put the United States in its place. The world’s trust in its greatest nation has been compromised, precisely what Barack Obama hoped to accomplish.
The latest revelations by Edward Snowden have seriously compromised Mr. Obama’s Spite House relationship with foreign leaders. It is highly probable that the private phone numbers of these individuals were provided to the NSA by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Collecting information on American citizens and allied leaders is a waste of time for an agency that is supposed to be protecting this country from external threats. After all, the current concern of the Intelligence community is that Snowden has documents detailing secret cooperation between belligerent nations. American officials don’t know what documents Snowden has, but they are concerned with what hasn’t yet shown up on WikiLeaks.
In a statement aimed at Obama, Chancellor Merkel said “I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.” Remember that American Intelligence Agencies cannot do a thing unless they have been authorized or ordered by the President. Obama owns this latest example of corrupt and boorish behavior lock, stock, and barrel.
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