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Sunday, June 23

Edward Snowden is America's real Goodwill Ambassador

In his ode to a louse that had settled on a church lady's bonnet the Scottish poet Robert Burns observed, "O wad some Power the gift tae gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" For readers who have trouble with Olde Scottish he was asking the Lord to give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us.

The Lord has not seen fit to bestow this most wonderful gift on the U.S. government, and so today we find Official Washington blithely unaware that it's making an ass of itself on the world stage in its blinkered efforts to procure Edward Snowden at any cost, to include insulting the ingelligence of millions of people the world over who know very well that he's a hero.

It's also lost on Washington that Snowden is seen by those citizens as an American hero and inspiration for their efforts to stand up to oppressive government. Just as the import of the historic rally in Hong Kong, which saw hundreds of Chinese gathered in a driving rain to support an American, has been ignored by Washington.

Edward Snowden is the real deal: an American defender of values that Washington only gives lip service to while betraying them at every turn in the name of expediency and national security. And for this affront to institutionalized hypocrisy Snowden must, as Senator Lindsey Graham told Chris Wallace on FNC this evening, "be chased to the ends of the earth." In the name of national security, of course.

This same Senator is among those members of Congress who spent years covering for Pakistan's military leaders even though they knew the military was orchestrating the murder of American troops in Afghanistan.

So Senator Graham wants the United States to be more secure, does he? Then get out of Edward Snowden's way.

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