With all the concern over the athletes’ safety, perhaps the Olympic committee should have added a couple more events for countries competing in the winter games such as the Cross Country Skiing Terrorist Search, the Drone Biathlon and the Bomb Sniffing Dog Sled competition.
Tonight’s opening ceremony’s grand finale at Fisht Olympic Stadium will be the traditional “Parade of Nations” and the U.S.A. delegation of athletes should be, but won’t be, led by Matthew Olsen.
Olsen is not a captain of the USA Luge, Curling or Nordic teams but the director of our country’s National Counterterrorism Center, who three days ago, while speaking at a House Intelligence Committee hearing, expressed concern over the Olympics and whether Muslim fundamentalists in disputed regions of Russia and various other groups could launch deadly attacks on selected targets.
This is just one of the concerns he expressed before the committee last Tuesday when he stated:
“There are a number of specific threats of varying degrees of credibility that we’re tracking, and we’re working very closely with the Russians and with other partners to monitor any threats we see and to disrupt those”
Throw in that the U.S. Olympic Committee advised our athletes to avoid wearing their uniforms or Team U.S.A. logos outside Olympic venues and you have the trifecta, gold, silver and bronze, of warnings for athletic citizens of the U.S.A. in Sochi, Russia.
It begs the question: Why are we there?
So American moose and squirrel (Bullwinkle and Rocky) can make Boris Badenov and Natasha look bad in front of their fearless leader?
The fearless leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who last Tuesday, during a phone conversation with President Obama, when our commander in chief offered to provide help to Russia to ensure security for the event, said:
In order to save all you Communists the time and trouble of emailing me on the correct Ruskie spelling of no, my suggestion on that would be, Het!
According to The Washington Post, The White House has signaled concern over Russia’s security preparations for the Winter Games in the Black Sea Resort of Sochi that WH officials have privately complained about Moscow’s refusal to share intelligence on terror threats.
So much so the Pentagon has announced it is deploying two warships to the Black Sea as an, ahem, “precaution” in case of a terrorist attack.
That’s right. Islamist insurgents based in North Caucasus republics such as Dagestan have vowed to disrupt the games in a bid to undercut Putin.
The Cold War wasn’t cool the first time, and it’s certainly heating up this time around. Especially with the U.S.A. playing the game during the Games.
Not the cold war games with Russia but the games with American corporation$ that spend millions of dollars on advertising and sponsoring the Olympics.
Our American athletics do not need to go overseas into countries where terrorism is a daily threat, but American corporation$ do.
The same American corporation$ that give contributions to our elected officials in Washington, who are the same elected officials who have said not one iota about our American athletes going into a hostile foreign environment.
Because no matter how they perform, it’s America’s corporation$ that bring home the gold, silver and bronze.
Before something bad happens, here’s hoping it doesn’t happen bad in Sochi. It’s time for Congress to rethink where they send our dedicated American athletes and convince the very corporation$ that convince them with political donations that the International Olympic Committee, which thrives on their sponsorship and advertising money, that instead of accepting the site with the highest bid to accept the bid with the safest site.
Could it happen?
Hmmm, American corporation$ giving up higher profits for higher safety.
Do you believe in miracles?