by: the Common Constitutionalist
The closing of multiple embassies in so many countries is a sad commentary on the security of the United States.
Questions and comments abound as others and I examine the situation over the last few days.
The United States has 294 embassies around the globe. There are at least 27 in the Middle East and North Africa. Do we really need 294 embassies? After all, they are established to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relations between two countries.
They are placed in various countries to promote American interests in that particular region. At least that’s the diplomatic line of crap.
So again, do we really need 294 of them? No, of course not. My guess is that at least some if not most are just fronts for the CIA and like Benghazi, are bases for gun-running or other nefarious activities.
Seems to me they are mostly a waste of taxpayer dollars. Countries, other than ours, will almost always act in their own self-interest, whether or not we have an embassy to try to influence them.
These embassies in the Middle East are a mystery, if one is to trust the government to only maintain the embassy for it’s stated purpose. What good have they ever done?
As I stated, an embassy is supposed to be set up to further diplomatic ties and positive relations between countries. Other than Israel, we have no legitimate relationship with any of them, other than presenting an easier target. They don’t have to fly all they way over here to kill Americans.
We could close every embassy worldwide and it would have zero effect on U.S. foreign policy, mainly because we have no foreign policy, or domestic.
Now, regarding the newest terror threat to so many embassies: It seems awfully coincidental and impeccably timed that amid calls to drastically curtail NSA spying, we receive intelligence of a major threat.
Although, after donning my conspiracy tin foil hat, it occurred to me that this “dire” situation could be a win-win for “The One”.
If after all the terrorist “chatter” (more than pre-9/11, you know) leading up to the these closings nothing happens, Obama will be made to look like the prudent, thoughtful and decisive leader we all knew him to be. He prevented a potential catastrophe when al-Qaeda then saw no point in the attack.
If there is an attack he, along with his sycophantic media, will point the ever-growing need for even more spying and intelligence gathering by the NSA.
Back to reality. Let’s think about this. Which is worse – that they know of a massive threat from an organization that Obama claimed had been decimated or that all these resources have been squandered on NSA facilities and infrastructure and they still don’t really know squat. Check that. They know who Aunt Ethel called last week (but they didn’t listen).
The closing of so many embassies leads one to think they know very little. They claim the attack could occur over here, no wait, over there, maybe over there. I would liken it to NOAA tracking a hurricane and first claiming the storm will hit Florida, no wait, Mississippi or maybe North Carolina, or maybe Texas. Oh the heck with it. Let’s just evacuate the whole south.
Maybe if they spent more time and resources on actual intelligence instead of Muslim outreach and spying on Aunt Ethel they might be able to narrow their scope a bit and develop some real actionable intelligence.