President Barack Obama’s use of drones coupled with his decision to provide arms to Syrian rebels prompted one outspoken Irish lawmaker to refer to him as a “war criminal” and “hypocrite of the century,” following his G8 summit visit.
Parliamentarian Clare Daly said Ireland had displayed itself “as a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head,” according to The Irish Times.
The “unprecedented slobbering” during the president’s visit to Northern Ireland, she said, had even led to speculation that “you were going to deck the Cabinet out in leprechaun hats decorated with a bit of stars and stripes to really mark abject humiliation.”
“We’ve had very little challenging of the fact that [Michelle Obama’s] glad to be home,” she said. “‘Home’ a country she’s been in less than a week and her husband has very tenuous links in.”
After referring to the president’s speech on peace to children in Northern Ireland, Daly asked, “is this person going for the hypocrite of the century award? Because we have to call things by their proper names, and the reality is by any serious examination, this man is a war criminal.”
“This is the man who is in essence stalling the Geneva peace talks by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by giving them arms — and to hell with the thousands more who’ll lose their lives, or the tens of thousands who will be displaced,” Daly said.
“This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children.”
Ireland’s head of government Enda Kenny called Daly’s remarks “disgraceful.”
“I think your comments are disgraceful. I think they do down the pride of Irish people all over the world who are more than happy to see this island being host to the G8.”
H/T The Hill
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