Is it too much to ask, considering the events of the last few days, considering that American citizens remain missing in Belgium, that the President of the United States could conduct himself with even a fraction of the dignity due his office? Is it too much to ask that he show a little restraint and human compassion?
I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas,’ he told a cheering crowd in Havana on Tuesday, while Brussels was bleeding.
Even Obama, though, knew he had to address the carnage, so he apologized to his listeners for interrupting the legacy tour, and dedicated a few words at the top of his address to a budding faraway crisis: America will ‘do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally, Belgium, in bringing to justice those who are responsible.’
Justice? Really? Is America’s legal aid what our allies need from us now?
Yes. Yes it is too much to ask.