Lindsey Graham: Boycott The Olympics Because Snowden, Putin, Hitler And Stalin (Oh My?)!

from the buckets-of-stupid dept

Senator Lindsey Graham has made little secret about his feelings on the NSA’s more controversial domestic and international spying programs. When asked about the concern over NSA spying, Graham went with the Monty Python method for discourse known as talking about something completely different. He’s also on the record as being quite pleased that Verizon is helping make his life the open book none of us want to read. Couple all this with his disinterest in first amendment principles and you’re left with a southern-tongued windbag.

“Welcome to Afghanistan, Senator. And might I say that’s some mighty idiotic camouflage you’re wearing.”
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But bluster is a process, not a single undertaking, which is why Senator Graham is back at it, this time making his case for the United States boycotting the upcoming Olympics in Russia.

“I love the Olympics, but I hate what the Russian government is doing throughout the world,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told NBC News on Tuesday. “If they give asylum to a person who I believe has committed treason against the United States, that’s taking it to a new level.” Graham even suggested that Putin’s actions should raise the specter of the pre-World War II Berlin games hosted by Adolf Hitler’s regime.

“If you could go back in time, would you have allowed Adolf Hitler to host the Olympics in Germany? To have the propaganda coup of inviting the world into Nazi Germany and putting on a false front?” Graham said of the Games.

Sort of takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Snowden, arguably a whistleblower, could get asylum in Russia and suddenly Putin is on par with murdering millions of people? Whoo boy. Now, to be fair, Graham does say it isn’t only the Snowden issue that earns Putin his Hitler status. There’s also their support of Iran, the Syrian government, and some supposed threats to Israel. Still, boycotting the Olympics on the grounds that Snowden’s potential asylum is the straw that breaks the camel’s back is a level of insanity I haven’t seen out of Graham before.

“What I’m trying to do is let the Russians know enough is enough. How much more are we going to let them get away with before we make it real to them?” Graham said.

And apparently the best method for making that “real” to Russia is boycotting the olympic games? The only time we’ve ever boycotted the Olympics was back in 1980, when the United States was mad at the Soviet Union for invading — you guessed it — Afghanistan. Yay, synergy! Unfortunately for Graham and any band of merry idiots that would like to join him, Olympic boycotts are not for the government to decide. That’s up to the USOC, who has decidedly no interest in any boycott.

In response, U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky tweeted Wednesday, “While we acknowledge the seriousness of the issues at hand, we strongly oppose the notion that a boycott of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is in our country’s best interests.”

He couldn’t be more correct. Why? Well, let’s start with American hypocrisy when it comes to offering asylum to whistleblowers and end with the fact that the Olympics barely matter on the world stage. But keep shaking those fists, Senator. Maybe some day someone will think you have something serious to offer.

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Lurker Keith says:

Re: I'm curious...

If Godwin’s Law is evoked AS the news story, does it still apply to the comments?

On a related note, Pro-NSA supports have lost the debate on spying (not that they were going to win to begin w/), since it was their side that evoke Godwin’s Law; we need to find a way to enforce this loss.

Anonymous Coward says:

i cant see how Snowden’s status is in question. he is not ‘arguably a whistle blower’ he is a whistle blower, and bloody well done to him! if these thick fucking senators concentrated as much time and effort into doing their job as they do trying to piss up Obama’s back and telling him it’s raining, by slagging Snowden off and by condoning what the NSA and others have been doing/are still doing to the citizens of the whole world, not just America, then maybe, just maybe the USA and other countries would be in better positions than they are right now!

Richard (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I was under the impression Jesse Owens did a marvelous job showing Hitler’s ideology up in 1936.

An impression which was sadly false.

In fact Hitler did not treat Owens any worse than any other non-German athlete.

Owens said “Hitler had a certain time to come to the stadium and a certain time to leave.” “It happened he had to leave before the victory ceremony after the 100 meters. But before he left I was on my way to a broadcast and passed near his box. He waved at me and I waved back. I think it was bad taste to criticize the ‘man of the hour’ in another country.”[13]”

The people who mistreated him were Americans.

He never received any acknowledgement from FDR and he had to ride the freight elevator to get to the reception for Olympic athletes at the Waldorf Astoria after the games.

In Germany he was allowed to stay in the same hotels as white athletes – not so in the US at the time…

Anonymous Coward says:

People forget that the US that is deeply involved in world affairs didn’t really start until World War II. Up until that point we were rather obsessively isolationist. After the peak of globalism in the 80s and 90s it looks like the pendulum is swinging the other way. I would not be surprised if the government decided that involving itself in the UN is not worth its time anymore and kicks them out of New York.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re:

“People forget that the US that is deeply involved in world affairs didn’t really start until World War II. Up until that point we were rather obsessively isolationist.”

That is categorically untrue, particularly with regard to the founding fathers, who were mostly vehement expansionists and had no problem going to war over trade/global affairs in other nations….

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“The Monroe Doctrine meant that to the exclusion of all else, the US only meddled in the affairs of its southern neighbors up until World War II.”

Are you familiar with how the Louisiana Purchase actually happened? How we played the British and French off one another in order to make that deal and double the size of our country in a day?

Have you never heard of the Barbary War, when Jefferson sent our Navy to lay siege to Tripoli over what was a combination of trade issues and Islamic piracy?

Are you not familiar with the founding fathers’ plans to expand into Canada by use of military force?

Do you not understand that Jefferson in particular was a vehement expansionist who believed that the United States should be actively spreading democracy and the enlightenment across the globe as much as possible?

Our operations in the 1800s against Greek pirate ships?

Our expansion expeditions into Fiji and Samoa?

The annexation of Texas?

The bombarding of San Juan?

Our meddling in the Second Opium War?

Our involvement in the Anglo-Egyptian War?

Our Navy’s involvement in the Chilean Civil War of 1891?

Our meddling in Cuba that led to the Spanish American War?

The Philipine American War?

Our occupation of Haiti?

Every single one of those happened before WWII, and we’re a pretty young friggin’ nation. That’s as isolationist as a wasp is friendly….

Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile) says:

What I find most noxious about his statement is that he thinks the world should revolve around HIS subjective opinion:

“If they give asylum to a person who I believe has committed treason against the United States, that’s taking it to a new level.”

The US, including its Olympic competitors, should defer to Lindsey’s personal beliefs. Got it.

Anonymous Coward says:

How can any country boycott the olympics now? There are too many people who appreciate the olympics…and will buy tickets. Those that can’t get the time, or funding, will watch on TV. maybe even buy merchandise. and follow events.

I don’t understand how he plans to erect enough filters to keep the tweets, FB updates, news updates, newspapers, etc – from keeping us from talking about the olympics.

Because unless the Olympics are actually canceled – we are killing the dreams of the children. Is he not thinking of the children?

FuzzyDuck says:

Wrong question senator

“What I’m trying to do is let the Russians know enough is enough. How much more are we going to let them get away with before we make it real to them?” Graham said.

Erm… the question is more how much is the world going to let the USA get away? Will the moment come when other nations say enough is enough?

(I am not holding my breath, but the US is pushing it to the limits.)

Mason Wheeler (profile) says:

Does anyone even care about the Olympics enough for it to matter anymore? They lost all legitimacy a few years back, when they went and took something that was supposed to be a celebration of the dignity of mankind, and let China host it. They didn’t even have the excuse that they did with Nazi Germany of not really knowing what was going on inside the country…

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