A mind-bogglingly stupid ideaPosted on 17 July 2013 | 3 comments
Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina has proposed the most stupid idea I have heard in a really long time. He wants the U.S. to boycott the Sochi Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Snowden. He even invoked Godwin’s law!
This idea – boycotting the Olympics – is repugnant. It’s also horrible PR for the U.S. government. First, let’s point out the fact that a majority of American’s believe Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. So the U.S. government is already on very shaky ground here. Second, what is the point of boycotting? The Olympics will still go on. Other countries will enjoy it without us. Sure, Russia will probably recoup less of the cost of the Olympics, but they’ll move on just like every other country who loses money on the venture. Meanwhile, the only people actually hurt are other Americans! Hundreds of Americans have spent years, some even most of their lives, preparing for those couple of weeks. The U.S. government is really going to say to those potential Olympians, “Yeah, we’re in a spitting contest, so you, little peon, can just suck it”? Meanwhile, the viewing American public loses out – to a much less degree, yes – thus turning their opinions even more against the U.S. government.
Way to make yourselves look even worse, government.
You, Senator Graham, are a fool.