Monday, 24 August 2009

John Bolton slams Clinton, Obama and Scotland over Megrahi's release Plus: Boycott the UK?

"So what happened? The state department said on Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked "for weeks and months" to persuade Britain not to release the murderer. Both Washington and London all but begged Gaddafi not to hold public celebrations on Megrahi's arrival in Tripoli. Yet Britain, the other half of the "special relationship", ignored Clinton's efforts, as did Libya, which only recently resumed full diplomatic relations with America.
This is effective US diplomacy? This is one of the tangible benefits of Obamamania? The purported "decision" by Scotland (under whose laws America, Britain and Libya agreed Megrahi would be tried) was almost surely taken at the behest of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Government. Even worse, Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and Lord Trefgarne, president of the Libyan-British Business Council, have both essentially confirmed that Megrahi's release was intended to facilitate enhanced commercial relationships between Britain and Libya. Gaddafi said the release "will be positively reflected for sure in all areas of co-operation between the two countries". Is there any doubt of his meaning?
Cabinet protestations to the contrary are increasingly hollow, as inconvenient new evidence, such as Foreign Office minister Ivan Lewis's letter to Scotland's justice secretary, demonstrates. For sure, there was no "deal" between Brown and Gaddafi or their underlings, no signed contract, no express quid pro quo between Megrahi's release and business for Britain. In reality, of course, that is not the way it's done. All denials of such an explicit transaction are probably "the truth", but not the whole truth. Sequencing the release and the subsequent contracts was designed to enhance official deniability, but the linkage is palpable to all concerned."

Read it all in The Telegraph.

Pretty sure this is not how Hillary Clinton wanted her time as Secretary of State to pan out.
Is this truly the Administration of Irrelevancy?

Boycott Scotland? It might sound good but if you are in for a boycott you need to think bigger. If Americans wants to boycott it needs to be UK wide. London had just as much, if not more, to do with Megrahi's release than Scotland.

Prince Andrew has made three official visits to Libya in the past three years, plus two private visits. And yes, he has met with Colonel Gaddafi more than once. I'm sure you will all be relieved to know that Prince Andrew is "considering dropping his plans to visit Libya next month."

I can't believe a few weeks ago I put 30GBP into the royal coffers by going on a tour of Buckingham Palace. Where can I get my money back???

Americans who are serious about a boycott will not just focus on Scotland - it will be a UK wide boycott. That means cancel your flights to Heathrow, hotels in Knightsbridge, shopping sprees on Oxford Street and buying Walker's Shortbread (even though it is delicious!).
If it is worth doing you should do it right - and then write to UK officials and tourism boards to let them know you're doing it.