…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Surely not. Who in his right mind would want to hurt Obama? Yes, there are people not in their right mind, but they vote for him or write paeans. Though I would not like Brisbane to enter history books as Sarajevo of the twenty-first century, the danger, in my opinion, is minimal. If anybody at all could be in danger, it would be Narendra Modi.
Putin’s Okhrana has been reputedly sniffing here for weeks, and as there was some rain, they, with their ricin-tipped umbrellas could had been almost invisible. Their report on the dangers of Brisbane must have been so frightening that he sent for a half of his surface Pacific fleet [G20 Brisbane: Warship cruises past swimmers on Sunshine Coast]. As for the whereabouts of submarines – who knows where they are doing the climate research? I doubt RAN does. Alternatively, Vladimir took too seriously Tony’s “shirt-fronting” claim, and decided not to rely on his strictly-for-TV-cameras judo skills. Just let’s hope that his military doesn’t shoot down another airliner. Bill Shorten, the Labor leader, would have to apologise.
And on the lighter note – one of Putin’s minders, apprehended while wandering around the Queensland Parliament House, claimed he was just looking for a drink. The oh-so-old news of the carefree, the taxpayers subsidised lifestyle of our ‘representatives’ must have reached Moscow.
Obama takes himself and his well-being very seriously. [Fog of Chaos – Circus coming to town] For his 48 hours in Brisbane he needs 6,000 to 7,000 of so called security personnel, which, for comparison, would be about a third of the strength of Islamic Horde. On the slightly optimistic note, it is some relief. As yet he does not think he is God.
He is the only one who had to land his plane at an air base; perhaps in hope that immigration control there would be lacking, saving the necessity of producing a passport or printing another even more genuine birth certificate. Perhaps his double didn’t want publicity. Otherwise, the hardware Obama brought with him, impressive as it is, was also doubled, or rather tripled. Three V-22 Ospreys, three VH-3D Sea Kings, countless cars in ISIS colours …
Some of the President’s audacity (sounds better than arrogance) rubs off on his Secret Service . They had the audacity to demand that a roundabout near the University of Queensland be demolished – perhaps the presidential Cadillac, know as the Beast to its drivers, doesn’t have power steering.
One should not be too harsh on the benighted members of US Secret Service. It may be just a Hollywood myth that they are expected to throw their bodies between bullets and POTUS, but if true it would be hard to imagine to have to give up your life for a more worthless human being. No wonder they relax wherever they can; as Mark Steyn writes – The Cartagena hooker scandal – Grope and change.
All this for the president of the world’s most indebted country*, and whose policies have been recently comprehensively rejected by the electorate – is it impressive or just pathetic? Your choice. The older people will recall the other leader, who also got to power by audacity, by offering false hope and promising change, travelling light.
*/ Obama’s recent promise of $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund represents a little more than a daily increase ($2.42 billion) of USA debt… and The Guardian is rejoicing.