Short version, because this a soccer scandal: FIFA is the Grand Poobah of soccer. They just indicted a remarkable bunch of higher-ups in it for endemic corruption, bribery, and general chicanery over World Cup bids. This is genuinely a Big Deal for pretty much the rest of the world, not least because FIFA’s been smelling for decades now.
But now to the important bit: which is to say, its effect on American domestic politics. I’d like to make it clear that I was joking this morning on Twitter by speculating on FIFA’s relationship with the Clinton Foundation; I didn’t really expect to have that confirmed. Silly, silly me. I should have known better, really. Reality is always going to win these things: Continue reading Clinton Foundation finds itself drawn into FIFA soccer corruption scandal.
Background here: anyway, Josh Marshall puts it damned succinctly: “I’m curious whether under international law a diplomat can be expelled from a host country simply for being a raging [email protected]#k.”
Allahpundit says sort of. I figure that this guy’s on the short list for a PNG, but they may trade that formal procedure for a quiet out-the-door in a couple of weeks.
Public service announcement, by the way: this guy came pretty close to what Charles Stross calls ‘auto-darwinating*.’ Don’t be this guy.
An envoy from Qatar who authorities said grabbed a surreptitious smoke in a jetliner’s bathroom and then joked about lighting his shoe on fire, sparking a bomb scare and the scrambling of military jets, has been released from custody.
No explosives were found on the Washington-to-Denver flight. Authorities speaking on condition of anonymity said they don’t think the envoy was trying to hurt anyone during Wednesday’s scare and he will not be criminally charged.
He’ll probably be PNGed, though: the administration will no doubt make sure of it. After all, he was smoking.
On an airplane.
*Making jokes about setting off bombs to people whose job it is to neutralize people who have bombs is contraindicated.