I remember in 1980 that our grand strategy for defeating the Soviet Union after their invasion of Afghanistan the year before, was to boycott the Moscow Olympics. Remember how well that worked? Yep, it hit the Soviets so hard that they were forced to withdraw from Afghanistan eight years later. It was a close won thing, but our perseverance in the face of adversity triumphed.
Well, of course, I’m kidding. The boycott hurt the Soviet Union not a whit, in fact, they took a lot more medals than they would have if we’d showed up, and some young athletes had wasted years of preparations for a weak political point.
So, according to the Washington Times, Lindsey Graham is proposing that we boycott the upcoming Olympics again over the Eddie Snowden discussion;
“I would [consider a boycott]. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” the South Carolina Republican said in an interview with The Hill newspaper. “It might help, because what they’re doing is outrageous. We certainly haven’t reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant this guy asylum, it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States.”
Just think of the potential outcome – eight years from now, Russia might turn over Snowden. Yay! Another win in the “never learn from history” column. Of course, drawing on Jimmy Carter’s legacy is what this administration does best.