Seamanship Quotation

“In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination.”
— from Michael Oakeshott's
Political Education” (1951)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dianne Feinstein’s faith in Vladimir Putin

Edward Snowden’s leaks and impudent voyage are causing terrible grief for Democratic leaders. They insist he’s a joker, that his cause needn’t be taken seriously. They see cowardice and hypocrisy in his travel plans. Still. 

They want him back, desperately.

The reliably dignified Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein well expressed on CNN's "State of the Union" official Washington’s barely concealed rage about Moscow’s humming and hawing over sending Snowden back:

“I suspect this sort of temporary amnesty or refugee status is to give Russia time to really consider what's in their best interests. And I think, if they think about it hard, what Snowden did, it's not in their best interests,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on CNN’s 'State of the Union.' Putin knows this. He's run the KGB, he knows what intelligence is comprised of.”

Maybe it is too soon for Democratic office holders to laugh. In politics, after all, farce often first appears as tragedy.

Yet, if it’s funny to discover that Tea Party cells all over America think of themselves as “charitable” organizations, it’s every bit as funny to hear the biggest liberal Democratic vote-getter in sunny, libertine California invoking the culture of the KGB to get through to that brute Vladimir Putin.

Even without Feinstein’s witless faux pas, however, we should feel free to take her gravitas on national intelligence with a grain of salt. Snowden may be too young to be wise. However, Senator Feinstein was an experienced mature Senator in 2002 when she voted for the Senate resolution to permit the invasion of Iraq: a resolution based on paranoid innuendos and false intelligence. 

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