Rich Galen
As part of the continuing success story that is the foreign policy of Barack Obama, the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, found his car surrounded by protesters, blocked, and pelted with plastic water bottles.

This, directly in front of the American embassy.

He claimed he felt he was never in any danger and the Chinese have "expressed regret" and, the U.S. State Department has expressed the same exact level of outrage as it has exhibited in the attacks on other Embassies around the world.

Which is to say, none.

The protesters were apparently expressing their disagreement with the Japanese over some islands that appear to be in dispute between China and Japan.

Here are the new rules around the world. Angry at a film on YouTube? Attack an American embassy. Mad about a cartoon in a French newspaper? Burn an American flag. Cranky about some islands in the East China Sea? Throw things at the American Ambassador.

Leading from behind, my friends. Leading from behind.

Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared all USAID workers personae non gratae as he continues to consolidate power.

The over/under on Putin naming himself Tsar is three months to one year.

Most of the USAID workers involved in democracy building which, CNN reported:

Senior Russian officials have said that some of the agency's programs, such as some human rights groups and election monitoring, have undermined Russia's sovereignty, according to the state news agency RIA Novosti.

I have to be honest. If the Russians sent a bunch of government employees to muck around in our political process - hanging around the conventions, slipping notes under the doors of voters, and holding meetings to talk about what's wrong with the American system, I suspect we'd be very happy to toss them out on their Russian butts.

But the USAID mission was more than democracy-building. According to NBC the mission in Russia included working to

"fight AIDS there, fight tuberculosis, help orphans, help the disabled, combat trafficking, support Russian programs in the environmental area, wildlife protection."

To the tune of $50 million per year.

Help me out here. Russia is not Kenya nor Tanzania. It is not Cambodia nor Laos.

It's Russia.

Used to be a superpower. Has (according to the CIA World Factbook) the world's 7th largest economy; the world's 8th largest reserves of oil (just behind the UAE); and, the second largest natural gas reserves (behind the U. S. of A.)

Why would we be spending 50 cents, much less $50 million on any kind of aid to Russia.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at