So, Secretary Kerry met with his Russian counterpart. Why are we so paranoid/schizophrenic about Edward Snowden? (Paranoid is when you think someone is against you. Schizophrenia is when you take action.) Putin and Russia have the upper hand in the situation. That situation will change. It always has. It is identitcal to a “sine wave.”
We owe Russia for keeping NATO supply lines open to Afghanistan. Pakistan closes the NATO’s supply lines with little-to-no warning and up to six months. Most of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, Iran and China) are supplying the Syrian government with all the arms the Syrian authorities need. The rest of the world supplies the rebels.
All Putin has to do is sit and flash his version of the Tony Blair/Jimmy Carter smile, for he knows that his American counterparts are going crazy with their creative imagination and all the possible ways Congress and the White House think Snowden can be revealing to the Russian.
The truth is that Snowden may be trying to fit into Russia’s society. Besides, the NSA and its contracts have updated its computer hardware and software that are faster and more efficient, the contractor has billed the government and the taxpayer has paid. NSA has lied about it to Congress (House and Senate) because NSA thinks any elected official cannot be trusted. NSA has been caught lying to them before, and still Congress gives Homeland Security a virtually blank check.
If NATO has to leave Afghanistan as it did in Iraq (en mass between 1 a.m. and 5a.m.), how and where would we leave? Afghanistan is surrounded by Iran, Pakistan, China, and Russia. We have stepped on their toes one way or another.