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Lindsey Graham: Maybe we should boycott the Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Snowden
Hot Air ^ | ALLAHPUNDIT | JULY 16, 2013

Posted on 07/16/2013 5:36:34 PM PDT by JerseyanExile

I thought the Snowden saga had become as much of a freak show as it could be. I was wrong.

You know Graham’s too far into the deep end of the pool when even McCain’s calling him back to the shallow side.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the U.S. should consider boycotting the 2014 Olympics Russia is set to host if Moscow grants NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum.

“I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” Graham said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of a boycott.

“It might help, because what they’re doing is outrageous,” Graham added. “We certainly haven’t reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant this guy asylum it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States.”…

“There’s many things we can do, but I think the experience of cancelling the Olympics the last time around wasn’t very good,” McCain said.

Game this out for me. How does “U.S. boycotts Olympics” lead to “Putin caves, deports Snowden to Washington”? It’s the underpants-gnome theory of sports diplomacy, except it’s not just ineffective but actually counterproductive. Imagine how much Putin would relish watching the U.S., which lectures Russia endlessly (and correctly) about rights abuses, throw an Olympic-sized tantrum over his decision to shelter a guy who’s selling himself as a champion of international civil liberties. (I can also imagine the Kremlin press conference. “Russia will not bow to fascism,” says The Leader with a smirk.) Beyond that, how much public support would there possibly be for this? Half the public — or more than half, per some polls — is sympathetic to Snowden as a whistleblower. The rest may be unhappy with his leaking, but depriving them of the chance to see the U.S. hockey team beat Russia isn’t going to move the needle further. Graham’s foreign policy is, I thought, based on the idea of “peace through strength,” with “strength” usually a byword for “intervention.” Would you perceive the U.S. as showing strength if we decided to protest asylum for Snowden by refusing to send a curling team to Sochi?

This isn’t really diplomacy Graham’s offering, it’s spite. If you’re going to be spiteful, at least be sure that the target of your spite will be damaged by it. As it is, not only would Putin get a kick out of this, I think, but Snowden would too. His fans seem to view him as a combination of Jefferson Smith and Jesus, a creature driven purely by the civic good, but basically everything he’s leaked since the original FISA/PRISM stuff has been aimed not at vindicating Americans’ civil liberties but at embarrassing the U.S. government and damaging its relations with allies. He had the stones to say of fascist anti-American regimes like Venezuela that offered him asylum for propaganda reasons, “By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world.” (At least one such fascist regime has learned an important lesson from Snowden’s leaking: Clamp down even tighter on the Internet.) His de facto spokesman, Glenn Greenwald, issues a new thinly veiled threat every few days about how much damage Snowden can do to U.S. national security if he decides to, in case you were unclear on that the first eight thousand times. And as Joshua Foust pointed out today on Twitter, it appears that Snowden is sharing dangerous U.S. secrets with newspapers and simply trusting them not to publish the information rather than redacting the information himself before leaking. A key passage from Spiegel’s report on NSA spying on Germany:

SPIEGEL has decided not to publish details it has seen about secret operations that could endanger the lives of NSA workers. Nor is it publishing the related internal code words. However, this does not apply to information about the general surveillance of communications. They don’t endanger any human lives — they simply describe a system whose dimensions go beyond the imaginable. This kind of global debate is actually precisely what Snowden intended and what motivated his breach of secrecy. “The public needs to decide whether these policies are right or wrong,” he says.

Given all that, how unhappy do you think Snowden himself would be to see the U.S. throw a tantrum and pull out of the Olympics? All it’ll do is raise diplomatic tensions further, annoy the American public, and highlight the feds’ near total impotence in bringing him home to stand trial. It would be a total propaganda victory. Leave it to Lindsey Graham, who thinks intervening in Syria is something we should have done ages ago, to embrace this especially goofy form of “sanctions.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: 2014olympics; edwardsnowden; lindseygraham; olympics; snowden

1 posted on 07/16/2013 5:36:34 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Maybe we should boycott South Carolina, if they elect this clown again.


2 posted on 07/16/2013 5:37:23 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation is destroying the USA.)
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To: JerseyanExile
We should boycott Lindsay Graham's re-election !!
3 posted on 07/16/2013 5:38:04 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: JerseyanExile

Inquiring minds want to know:
Did Snowden expose exactly the extent that
Graham and McCain and Obama have been
arming al Qaeda against the American people?


4 posted on 07/16/2013 5:38:19 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: JerseyanExile

Maybe we should send Lindsey over to catch javelins.


5 posted on 07/16/2013 5:38:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JerseyanExile

My GAWD! Snowden must have pictures of Lindsey Graham that make the purported pictures of J Edgar Hoover in a dress look like the cover picture on “Amish housewives monthly”...


6 posted on 07/16/2013 5:38:39 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: JerseyanExile

Guys like him are why I identify as a “Conservative” and not a “Republican”.


7 posted on 07/16/2013 5:38:55 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
or at least " PRIMARY HIM "
8 posted on 07/16/2013 5:39:02 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: OwenKellogg

Sounds good to me.

I can find another beach besides Myrtle.


9 posted on 07/16/2013 5:39:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: JerseyanExile
Its just like Lindy Graham to take a page from the Jimmy Carter playbook.

At least Carter had a better reason.

10 posted on 07/16/2013 5:39:44 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: JerseyanExile

If Gomer Pyle, the Duck Dynasty coot or Junior Samples were to somehow became the US Senator from that state, how could they possibly be sillier or more foolish?


11 posted on 07/16/2013 5:39:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind each blade of grass.)
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To: JerseyanExile
I thought we were going to take off our clothes and boycott them anyway because of the Zimmerman verdict.

extreme sarc/

12 posted on 07/16/2013 5:40:03 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Keep your powder dry.)
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To: GraceG

I bet Lindsey has pink toe nails.


13 posted on 07/16/2013 5:40:40 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds are diseased.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Good call Lindsey, you useless, effeminate dumba$$.
14 posted on 07/16/2013 5:40:42 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: GraceG
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15 posted on 07/16/2013 5:41:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JerseyanExile

Maybe we should boycott South Carolina if they keep sending you back to the Senate, Lindsey.


16 posted on 07/16/2013 5:42:37 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
the Duck Dynasty coot

Hey! Don't insult me, Jack! I resent that insemination!"

17 posted on 07/16/2013 5:42:43 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: JerseyanExile
Linda, maybe you should find a set of balls somewhere and STFU in the meantime, ehh ?
18 posted on 07/16/2013 5:42:48 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: JerseyanExile

Now Graham is thinking like Jimmy Carter!


19 posted on 07/16/2013 5:44:56 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Please keep politics out of the Olympics.
They go together as well as egg nog and buttons.


20 posted on 07/16/2013 5:45:58 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Maybe we should contribute to Graham’s Tea Party primary opponent.


21 posted on 07/16/2013 5:46:22 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Suppose this happens, then in 2015, Brazil announces it has granted Snowden asylum, and he will be moving to Rio?

What does the US Olympic Committee do?

22 posted on 07/16/2013 5:48:21 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: OwenKellogg

You beat me to it...


23 posted on 07/16/2013 5:48:56 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: JerseyanExile

2014 poofter... 2014!


24 posted on 07/16/2013 5:49:40 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: JerseyanExile

We should boycott it because it’s going to be a muslim shooting gallery


25 posted on 07/16/2013 5:57:30 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: JerseyanExile

Whatever cupcake


26 posted on 07/16/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: JerseyanExile

This guy is a US Senator? Shame on South Carolina! He must be a distant cousin of Jimmy Carter?


27 posted on 07/16/2013 6:00:27 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: All

Carter Redux.

Back to the doghouse Lindsey!!! And stay there until humane society comes to claim you.


28 posted on 07/16/2013 6:00:32 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: JerseyanExile

How is Obama going to get an Olympic Golf medal then?


29 posted on 07/16/2013 6:01:22 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Say no to Homobama))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Gomer Pyle, the Duck Dynasty coot or Junior Samples were to somehow became the US Senator from that state, how could they possibly be sillier or more foolish?

I'd take any one of those selections over Graham - no hesitation.

30 posted on 07/16/2013 6:03:27 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: JerseyanExile
Lindsey Graham: Maybe we should boycott the Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Snowden

Thank you, Lindsey Carter! Or, is that Jimmuh Grahamnesty!

31 posted on 07/16/2013 6:05:09 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: JerseyanExile

What does Stevie Wonder think of this?


32 posted on 07/16/2013 6:05:59 PM PDT by kempster
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To: cripplecreek

Lindsey at the Blue Oyster Bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdbt-sx5MDc


33 posted on 07/16/2013 6:08:24 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: JerseyanExile

I’ve been “boycotting” the Olympics for at least 20 years.


34 posted on 07/16/2013 6:10:42 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: JerseyanExile

If this idiot WANTS a boycott, I think I’ll maybe attempt to go to the Olympics. Just to spite the RINO.

Frankly, anybody that has the statists in Washington this fired up has to be doing something right!


35 posted on 07/16/2013 6:18:53 PM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: JerseyanExile

I got a better idea. How about we trade Miss Lindsey for Mr. Putin?


36 posted on 07/16/2013 6:21:07 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: JerseyanExile

Maybe we should boycott the Olympics in the United States.Linseed Graham has to go.Why do these clowns feel that they can just go around making stupid threats and expect other countries do just play dead.

Linseed Graham should be recalled to Active duty and placed in an area where he would actually have to place his life in danger,Instead of playing the role of a rear echelon lawyer.

Maybe then he’d learn to shut the hell up.


37 posted on 07/16/2013 6:25:24 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Venturer

Myrtle Beach is so passe anyway. It’s Gulf Shores, Perdido Key, the Redneck Riviera!!


38 posted on 07/16/2013 6:27:19 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: laplata

Dixie Chicks - when they were wonderful - before they kicked out Laura and replaced her with the vile Natalie. This is one of my all time favorites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMXULspLjiU


39 posted on 07/16/2013 6:32:31 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: JerseyanExile

Yay. If I’m a gymnast who’s been working her butt off since she was 3 and whose parents have spent millions on coaching, costumes, gym time and meets over the past 12-14 years for this ONE chance (gymnasts usually only get one chance at the right ‘age’ in the olympics) I’d be spitting bullets right now.


40 posted on 07/16/2013 6:34:27 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: smalltownslick

Thanks.


41 posted on 07/16/2013 6:38:04 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds are diseased.)
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To: OwenKellogg

I agree and I LIVE. In SC!


42 posted on 07/16/2013 7:32:26 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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To: GraceG

lol!


43 posted on 07/16/2013 7:35:23 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: JerseyanExile

Carter caused the US to boycott the Olympics in Russia and the only ones who suffered were the Americans. But then, Carter didn’t ever do anything right.


44 posted on 07/16/2013 7:53:40 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Lindsay Graham is a feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, backstabbing corksucker.


45 posted on 07/16/2013 8:20:26 PM PDT by amnestynone
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To: tomkat

If he did, he’d be like a dog with a bone.


46 posted on 07/16/2013 8:29:26 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: OwenKellogg
Maybe we should forget about Snowden and GZ vs Trayvon and do something about Benghazi, the IRS, and illegals, so say nothing of a pres--er--emperor who is shredding our Constitution.

vaudine

47 posted on 07/16/2013 8:37:38 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: JerseyanExile

Yea, that’s the ticket. Let’s punish the athletes (again) who train their whole lives for this.

While the slackers and lay-abouts lay on the couch playing their video games eating our foodstamp subsidies.


48 posted on 07/17/2013 12:10:53 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: gorush
Guys like him are why I identify as a “Conservative” and not a “Republican”.

Exactly.

Graham is such a crazy supporter of the NSA snooping on all Americans, it really makes me wonder what is going on with him. McCain is bad enough in his defense of the NSA violating the Constitution, but Graham is taking it to a level of crazy that surpasses even McCain.
49 posted on 07/18/2013 7:57:16 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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