Tuesday, December 26, 2006

How dense can they be?

According to Reuters the United States is faced “with a decline in the number of overseas visitors and unpopular entry requirements”. In desperation the US government “is turning to Walt Disney and other theme park operators to brighten the country’s battered image.”

But in spite of promises by the American brownshirts “applying for American visas still involves standing for hours in long lines at fortress-like embassies” and “Stern officials at American airports often inspire fear...”

This is most certainly the case. I had lunch with a member of the British parliament recently and his family. He and his wife recently traveled to the US. And while he had a diplomatic passport the security people for the US hassled his wife over some technicality, one which could have been resolved easily if they merely turned the page in her passport and looked. But the official refused to do that for sometime preferring to give them crap. And yet this a member of parliament from a government that is considered America’s main ally. If this is how they are treated you can imagine how everyone else is treated.

So what is America concentrating on to solve this problem? Nothing of substance. The people they have brought in are to advise them have “taken note of the long, drab corridors, long lines of visitors and a lot of empty immigration agents’ booths, which added to wait time.” They are talking about repainting and making the oppressive process cheery. In other words they still don’t have a clue.