Obama’s UK-Fest : Vision of a War Without End
by Felicity Arbuthnot
May 31, 2011
“The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, and all the beauty that wealth e’er gave, Awaits alike the inevitable hour, the paths of glory lead but to the grave.” Thomas Gray (1716-1771.)
It was quite a week for America’s Nobel Peace Laureate President. After a speech to AIPAC, there was the major, pre-UK arrival “interview” with the BBC’s political commentator, Andrew Marr. Less an interview, in fact than a breathlessly adoring audience.
Marr began by referring to: ” .. that extraordinary moment when you knew you had got bin Laden”, and that: “there was something personal about it.” No mention that of course there was also something very illegal about it.
Obama responded with his nation’s “extraordinary trauma” after the tragedy of 9/11, without reflection, of course, of the “extraordinary trauma” the U.S., has inflicted on other nations (starting with its own First Nation) since its inception. If taking the official 11th September story at face value, cause and effect might have entered a Capitol Hill mind – and that of an interviewer, but no, naval gazing ruled.
That the SEALS were: “… able to perform” the murders “without casualties, was extraordinary.” What happened to that crashed helicopter and, as yet, unconfirmed claims of body parts scattered around? Marr didn’t ask.
Obama went in to Hollywood mode. It was: “In the pitch of night, on a moonless night.” The assassins did not know: “whether somebody had a bomb strapped to them.” No query from the BBC’s intrepid interviewer as to why people living quietly for six years (we are told) their children playing with pet rabbits, would retire for the night wrapped in an explosive device instead of a nightshirt.
After “marvelling” at an act of astonishing violence (and seemingly illegal entry in to Pakistan air space and country) the President was treated to possibly one of the most partisan comments in the history of broadcasting:
“Because it would presumably have been very difficult for America to take this man and put him on trial with all the hullabaloo of attorneys and PR characters and the interrogation and so forth. It would have been a difficult thing to do.”