Skip to comments.US govt shutdown: Germany, UK issue 'travel warning' to America, Obama cancels Asia trip
Posted on 10/02/2013 7:54:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Germany and Britain became the first countries to issue a "travel warning" for the United States as the government shutdown in America entered the second day on Wednesday with no sign of resolution. Feisty Democrats and hardline Republicans stuck to their guns, the former rejecting proposals from conservatives to fund re-opening of just parts of the government with an "all-or-nothing" response.
President Obama meantime curtailed a four-nation Asia trip that is to begin Saturday to just two nations (Indonesia and Brunei), scrapping tail-end visits to Malaysia and Philippines because the disruption prevented the White House from sending an advance party to the final two stops.
It was just one of many unexpected fall-outs from the shutdown spectacle that is attracting universal bemusement and dismay, and a growing domestic backlash. The German warning was not about terrorism in the familiar sense, but related to what many are calling hostage-taking tactics by some US lawmakers that is disrupting workaday administration with greater severity with each passing hour.
The German foreign ministry notification on what it called Verwaltungsstillstand (government shutdown) notified travelers of possible longer wait times at passport control and other inconveniences, including closure of many historic sites and national parks. "Air traffic control, security and immigration processes are not currently expected to be disrupted, but delays may occur," the British travel advisory said.
Indeed, in Washington DC and across the country, tourists both domestic and foreign faced frustrating "closed" signs at national monuments and parks. In an era when many government functions and operations have devolved on to the Internet, the shutdown also began to choke websites.
Nasa's famed website, haunt of air and space buffs across the world, flashed a message that read: Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience. The White House website itself threw up this message on Wednesday morning: Due to Congress's failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.
While some commentators said, rather hopefully, that cool heads and rational thinking will prevail after a bout of brinkmanship, others were spooked by the thought that this is just a trailer for another showdown that may follow the government's need to raise the US debt ceiling by October 17 so that it can pay its bills. Republicans have threatened to throw more sand in the wheels, spooking an already nervous international community that is starting to worry about the political and financial stability of the United States.
'Biggest gift to enemies'
The cover illustration of the German business daily Handelsblatt on Wednesday showed the Statue of Liberty in chains, her torch hanging by her side, with the caption "The Blocked World Power". On the floor of the Senate, California lawmaker Dianne Feinstein warned that the failure of Congress to perform its most basic functions "means our country is more at risk of a terrorist attack," adding, "Our shutdown is the biggest gift we could possibly give our enemies."
None of this seemed to perturb Tea Party hardliners led by Ted Cruz, the freshman Senator from Texas who has become the face of Republican extremism and rebellion. Moderate Republicans have been reduced to moaning that the party is now in "Cruz control" after it was forced to advance his version of a compromise offering to fund specific parts of the government and holding out till the President scales back his Obamacare initiative.
Expectedly, the Democrats rejected the proposals and threw the ball right back to the Republicans. The shutdown showdown looks likely to go on for some perhaps several more days.
Too bad we don't have a similar warning from Saudi Arabia and the rest of the ME, China, Pakistan and a bucha others.
We’re on Cruz control, and we’re going to squeeze the rats until they bleed!
Let’s just Cruz until Nov, 2014....
Was all this pathetic high drama coming from Germany and UK when the OTHER shut-downs occurred?
We should Cruz all the way to 2016!
maybe we could take up a collection and send him back home to Indonesia for a really nice, long vacation......(at least the next 3.7 years...)?
“Saturday to just two nations (Indonesia and Brunei), scrapping tail-end visits to Malaysia and Philippines”
Frankly in my view, the last two which are now omitted are a bit more important that the first two but then again, Barry would not get to visit his early life homeland.
Did we have a so-called black president back then? There’s your answer, I’ll wager.
Squeeze them till their heads pop like zits.
Dick Durbin is the ultimate zit.
I have been thinking about that too. I strongly suspect that we're still looking for an excuse to invade Syria and/or Iran. If anything does happen, America will have its casus belli. just sayin'.
Americans: We’re as ungovernable as Hottentots with the trots.
Just ask the British. And the Germans. Bring money. Don’t touch.
Just imagine if members of SEIU don’t get paychecks for a few months how the pressure could come to bare on the Dims?
People go to Europe for enjoyment. The other places you mentioned aren't, um, "vacation" spots.
Saudi Arabia has NO TOURISM, no tourist visa. The ONLY folks who visit it without the requisite visa are those on cruises where the Red Sea is a port stop. Even then, it's off and back on the ship after only some hours.
There REALLY, REALLY, REALLY is nothing to see...not a blade of grass, nothing green, LOTS of camel spiders (I was bitten by one.), dust, dirt, wind, rain only once every five years or so for MAYBE a few minutes. They DO have one pretty thing, a rock, called the "desert rose," pinkish quartz, pretty.
God gave those Bedouins a horrible place to live...then in the 20th century He gave them geologists who discovered PETROLUEM (black gold, Texas tea--Beverly hillbillies) the likes that have rarely been seen before.
The Saudis really don't care about the money. They just want to sit around (segregated from the opposite sex, of course), drink tea and talk about ... everything, all day and night long.
God has a very odd sense of humor, doesn't he?
Well, there you go. The world now hates us because of the Tea Party thus letting Obama off the hook.
I dunno. Any Senate that includes Harry Reid would find that kind of parasite difficult to top.
Whattabout Camel races?
You bet he did. Obama couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag.
So the glassification of Mecca and Medina won’t have a significant environmental impact?
I find it hilarious that websites don’t continue to run during a government shutdown.
“Feisty Democrats and hardline Republicans stuck to their guns”
Don’t you just love it.
Quick, get Mexico to issue a Travel Advisory.
Yep. Cameron and Merkel are just doing #BarryCade a favor.
As if half of those headed here can read.
Shut it down until weeds are growing in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Like the Colonial days!!!
I find it hilarious that websites dont continue to run during a government shutdown.
Cruz control...ha ha ha...that’s very funny.
Three deep? You mean three percent of the population.
I know ex-pats who can confirm that is exactly true, although they said the conversations were restricted solely to children and religion. On that basis, they didnt bother to learn any arabic.
I had the same question for our Saudis. They kept talking about "sayyarits." I did ask. Sayyarits are cars. The men, all middle aged, were talking about their 18 year old sons. Their sons didn't want to work or go to school; they just wanted to drive around in the sayyarits. I laughed and told them that our 18 year old males were much the same.
Why are Democrats ‘feisty’ and Republicans ‘hardlined’?
Maybe things are more organized now.
At the turn of the century (1900) only 1% of the Saudis could read. That has been DRASTICALLY changed. The Saudis made a concerted effort at getting the population literate. Now, all the young’uns can read, even the girls. The older generation still doesn’t read.
Nice way to put it.
I should be offended, but I’m not. :)
I see it as directed at Obama, not the country. Let them slap him around a little bit.
No,that's a slang expression used 'round my way meaning "far too many".I've also heard the expression used at least once in a Python skit so perhaps it's used 'round your way as well...if only by the Oxbridge crowd.In fact I've heard a lot of words/phrases used in British shows (comedy,drama,etc) that are used by my Irish family.Maybe my ancestors brought them from the Old Country.
Well obviously they had SOME knowledge of Arabic. I agree its a rather sweeping statement, but thats what they told me.
I know the expression. I was just using it as a counterpoint to illustrate that there are nowhere near as many muslims in the UK as is generally thought by most Americans. Sometimes it seems more because they tend to be concentrated in certain areas.