timhebb wrote:Obama's collusion and complicity with the domestic spying cartel superforces is the most profound disappointment of his presidency for me.
Looking back over all the Presidents I can remember, it's clear that being President changes its office holders, inevitably and deeply, and generally not for the better. It's as if the weight and burden of the office and the privileged (or cursed) perspective granted a President crushes their souls somehow, and blanches the humanity and common decency out of their vision. I don't know how else to account for such an apparently radical shift of posture for someone like Obama.
Thank you, Ed Snowden, and thanks to all contributors to this thread.
I cringe everyday I read more about this...you know that in Germany people AND politicians are really pissed off now. The big newspapers talk about an end of cordial relations at times, when the West should be moving closer together, defending our common human values against the likes as Russia, China, Iran etc (which are having a field day right now).
While this is sort of a lame excuse (maybe rationalizing even), but I think it is also very possible that the President is simply not in control of everything the government does. After all, these are no supermen and they can only focus, like the rest of us, on mostly one thing at a time.
I like to think our current President has still very good intentions (and the intellect to at least try to make them reality, despite the obstacles and obstruction), but maybe we all underestimate the enormous weight and momentum of the machinery that is the US government and its agencies.