Thursday, August 20, 2009

Obama on Lockerbie Bomber

President Obama stated the freed Pan Am Flight 103 bomber should be placed under house arrest and not be given a hero's welcome. I assume this covers not getting VIP treatment at Col. Gahdafi's ranch, like Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain tweeted from Libya last Friday. Was he there negotiating something, like a prisoner's release (a la George H.W. Bush/Ronald Reagan in Iran-1980)? Apparently not.

Does Obama's request preclude the bomber's working as a Libyan lobbyist for President Gahdafi? Can he attend dinners sponsored by politically connected, private equity underwriters (PEU's) like the Carlyle Group? They have $500 million to invest in the Middle East/North Africa and their co-founders hate a level playing field. Is the bomber's release a chess piece in their tilted game?

Does Mrs. Cohen have it right?

"I think it's appalling, disgusting and so sickening I can hardly find words to describe it," said Susan Cohen, of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, whose 20-year-old daughter, Theodora, died in the attack. "This isn't about compassionate release. This is part of give-Gadhafi-what-he-wants-so-we-can-have-the-oil."

Don't ask President Obama, the man of populist rhetoric and corporatist implementation. BBC News reported on the bomber's reception in Libya:

The BBC's Rana Jawad in Tripoli says that although the Libyan authorities have so far not commented on the release, they will regard it as a triumph.

On Thursday police took Megrahi from Scotland's Greenock Prison to Glasgow Airport to board a private jet owned by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Hundreds of people waved Libyan flags as the plane landed at Tripoli airport at 1830 GMT.

Within minutes Megrahi was whisked away to meet Col Gaddafi, the BBC's Christian Fraser reports from the scene.

Will a hero's welcome of the possible Gadhafi relative open the gates for American branded multinationals and their PEU sponsors? Maybe so.

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