Did you ever get the feeling that people in the government of the United States are a bunch of naive, gullible chumps who actually believe the world is full of nothing but wonderful people?
Witness this past week's efforts to get National Security Agency's leaker Edward Snowden extradited first from Hong Kong, then Russia. The Chinese actually strung us along for a couple of weeks making the U.S. believe it was just a matter of paperwork.
Then they announced the paperwork was flawed and allowed Snowden to fly off to Russia.
We promptly proclaimed their actions would have "dire consequences" for U.S.- China relations. Like they really care. The Chinese were hacking into our country's computers long before Snowden even went to work at NSA. They probably enjoyed grilling him while he was there, then punted him off to Russia so those nice folks could have a shot at him.
At least Vladimir Putin made no pretense about cooperating with us - he announced that Snowden had broken no Russian laws and was a "free man" who could go wherever he wanted. Even with our diplomats whining that the U.S. had extradited seven folks at the request of the Russians in the last few years, Putin remained unmoved.
Of course, Putin is that great humanitarian who is the chief arms supplier and supporter for Syria's repressive Assad government.
It makes us grimace every time we see a Washington official talk about improving diplomatic relations with countries who never miss an opportunity to stab the U.S. in the back.
Please stop pretending these nations are our friends. They are not.
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