The Federal Government of the United States, like Imperial Rome some 2000 years ago, now believes that it can interfere in the domestic policy decisions of independent nations. The most recent episode of this conceit is the attempt by the United States Senate to require the attendance of Scottish and United Kingdom democratically-elected politicians at its upcoming inquiry into the premature release, on medical grounds, of a convicted Lockerbie terrorist. Quite appropriately, the relevant politicians are declining this invitation.
President Obama recently has released several supposed terrorists, held without any trial for several years, from the Guantanamo Bay prison. How would the United States respond if the British coalition government demanded the President’s attendance for a House of Commons cross-examination regarding ignored possible habeas corpus rights of these prisoners?
What is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander, Senator John Kerry. How dare you pursue narrow electoral politics by meddling in the policies of independent nations!
“Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?’
Joseph N. Welch, The Army-McCarthy Hearings, June 9, 1954