Dude paid his dues
The US seems to be trying to get General Sarath Fonseka to testify against Gotabaya or something. I think this is wrong, and they’re doing it in a bumbling and incompetent fashion. These guys are assholes, but they’re our assholes. Any investigation needs to come from Sri Lanka. The US should investigate Dick Cheney if their conscience pricks them so.
Of course, Sarath Fonseka is a US Green Card holder and Gotabaya Rajapakse is a US Citizen. As such, the US can question them or generally do whatever. In exchange for the rights they get there are annoying responsibilities. On a personal level.
However, on a diplomatic level I don’t see how this really furthers US interests or improves the situation in Sri Lanka. From what I hear, the US actions are both bumbling and counterproductive. According to reports, when this Tarantino fellow called, he asked Sarath to talk about the Minister of Defence. What he meant was the Secretary of Defence. Mahinda holds the ministry and appointed his brother Secretary. This may seem like a little thing, but if you’re trying to investigate you might start by looking the stuff up on Wikipedia.
Furthermore, the US can’t actually do anything on a geopolitical level. They can basically kick Gota and Sarath out as individuals but that’s about it. They’re exposing themselves to diplomatic flak for no real pay-off. I don’t think that this really furthers US interests which should, ultimately, be the point.
Basically, I think the US should stop meddling like this. They can’t change things from there, and these foreign actions just make it harder for the local opposition. I’m no big fan of Gota and Sarath, but I still respect them and think that defeating the LTTE was a pretty big thing. I think there could have been a much more humane way to do it, but they did make some hard decisions and I do respect that. I don’t agree, but I do respect. As a Sri Lankan I would personally like to vote in more moderate people, but foreign interference gets us no closer to this or any other positive situation.
At some point the US needs to think what they want from Sri Lanka and how to get it. I’ve talked to Embassy chaps and I think they really don’t know. If they want to generally do good and be liked, this isn’t the way to go about it. I think this sorta thing unites most Sri Lankans in opposition to foreign interference.
They may want to take a page from their own hands-off policy during the fraudulent Iran elections. There Obama sat back because he didn’t want the opposition to be tarred as ‘foreign’. In Sri Lanka they don’t seem to care and random dudes are making phone calls without too much oversight. Which is, like, whatever – except I live here. If you can’t fix stuff you can at least not fuck it up even more.
I should note, however, that all this Sarath shit is a teledrama and I don’t know if these are tactical leaks or what. Maybe Gota is trying to make Sarath look bad or someone is trying to make it look like Gota is trying to make Sarath look bad. I really don’t know. At this point I understand the Sarath Saga about as much as Maha Gedera. The war was so much simpler.
I think Malinda has a reasoned column on this in the Daily News