Without question, the United States government blundered when federal agents arrested Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat, in front of her child's school. Federal officials then cuffed her, subjected her to a body cavity search, and threw her in a cell with common criminals.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should apologize to Ms. Khobragade and the Indian government for this outrageous breech of civility; and Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney who ordered Ms. Khobragade's arrest, should be fired.
|Preet Bharara should be fired
In today's issue, the Times went further, printing an op ed essay by Anana Bhattacharyya, who lectured the Indians about their "feudal mindset." Bhattacharyya seems to think the United States did India a favor by humiliating one of its diplomats. "I can only hope that [this] case will make Indians look inward and see that feelings of patriotic fervor aside, India has a serious problem."
Such drivel! The Times is behaving exactly like the doting mother of a spoiled brat, which is what President Obama increasingly resembles. Since taking office, Obama has lied to the American public, misused the Internal Revenue Service, spied on our allies, and launched drone attacks that have killed innocent civilians indiscriminately. He has insulted the Catholic Church, and he behaved boorishly at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
And yet the Times mindlessly defends the Obama administration, like a dotty mama standing up for little Johnny after the principal caught him scrawling graffiti in the school bathroom.
Admittedly the facts of this affair are murky. The United States says Ms. Khobragade committed visa fraud, and the Indian government maintains that Ms. Khobragade's housekeeper tried to blackmail her.
But even if the facts are exactly like the federal prosecutor claims them to be, a civilized government does not conduct a body cavity search on another nation's diplomat based on such a petty charge.
No, Ms. Khobragade deserves an apology. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama is too cool to ever say he's sorry. And the New York Times, Mr. Obama's neurotic enabler, has made matters worse by interpreting the whole affair as a reflection of the flaws in Indian society.
But I would like Ms. Khobragade and the nation of India to know that at least one humble American is ashamed of the way the American government behaved in this disgraceful affair. So on behalf of myself and decent Americans all over the United States, let me just say this: Ms. Khobragade, we are sorry for the behavior of our government, and we are deeply ashamed.
Ananya Bhattacharya. Having a Servant is Not a Right. New York Times, December 21, 2013, p. A19.
Editorial. India's Misplaced Outrage. New York Times, December 20, 2013, p. A26.