In 2012 it comes in many forms. From the actual money that the name implies, gold originally used to unsuccessfully buy off the Viking ravages of Britain, to making friendship overtures and “reaching out” to sworn enemies and their allies, to the atrophy of the will and the means to stand up to provocation and aggression. This from Chris Helman at Forbes Magazine:
Venezuela Holds U.S. Vessel And Crew On Suspicion Of Arms Trafficking
While the incident may resolve quietly, that the incident occurred at all is worrisome. The claims of arms trafficking are likely specious, and, having had the vessel (and the cigarettes and ice cream) since 29 August, Venezuelan authorities have known whether or not Ocean Atlas was carrying arms for some time. What, then, does the Obama Administration do? What are their options? What have they left themselves, and what do they have the political will to do at such a sensitive time? Oh, and why is this taking eight days to make any kind of news?
“We never pay anyone Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”
We shall see if the truth that Mister Kipling has spoken will be twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, as it were.