Obama administration bungles Snowden, leaves great power diplomacy in shambles

It would be comic if the national security of the United States were not in peril. The Obama crew, which smugly promised us "smart diplomacy," has totally bungled relations with China and Russia, America's two major potential global rivals, in its handling of the Edward Snowden affair. As Sarah Palin might ask: How's that "smart diplomacy" workin' out for ya'? The former NSA contractor and his famous thumb drives apparently remain in Moscow as of this writing.  Snowden had been expected to leave Moscow on today's Aeroflot flight to Havana, but at departure time, he was nowhere to be seen on the plane: Kelvin Chan of AP reports: Officially, admitted leaker Edward Snowden was able to leave Hong Kong because U.S. authorities made a mistake in their arrest request, but the semiautonomous Chinese city also indicated displeasure over Snowden's revelation that the former British colony had been a target of American hacking. Beijing, meanwhile, says it had nothing to do...(Read Full Post)