But tapping the phone of a leader of an allied country means crossing a whole bunch of red lines. It's just not done. Or so we thought.
And what exactly was the purpose? To learn what Angela is going to say in defense of Austerity, and give tips to Paul Krugman, for a pre-emptive rebuttal in his NYT column?
(If it turns out that any kind of information had been leaked, even absolutely by accident, to the German opposition parties - can you imagine the scope of the scandal?)
Well even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Far righties actually have a legitimate grievance this time.
The idea that Obama didn't know that his own spy agencies were listening on on foreign leaders conversations just cannot be true.
If it is true there's two major issues here.
1) it shows that spy agencies are acting without proper authorizations, a decision like this should have been reviewed at the beginning of his presidency.
2) he hasn't been asking the right questions of his national security team.
I'm not even upset the US has done it, makes sense that they would, it doesn't come as any kind of shock or surprise to me that it happened.
But this idea that the president didn't know I think is ludicrous, and it's a desperate and pathetic attempt to save face.
It's the same thing with torture, right wingers tried to say "it wasn't torture" well it was!
And I wouldn't be as upset about it if you were to just come out and say
"We will use torture as a weapon to defend this country".
In the same way you just admit that
"We will spy on you to further the interests of this country".
Still makes you look like assholes, but ironically, honest assholes.