Is there any doubt that the president of the United States is the de facto King of the World? If he isn’t, he sure is treated like one. I suppose the office’s closest competition is the Pope.
When I heard the noagendashow.com talking about the presidential security entourage to Amsterdam for the Nu/Unclear Security summit, I wondered how the world puts up with this false idol (and I’m not religious). Answer: people want to be led in the worst way – and the psychopaths are more than willing to be there for them.
Wonder how much longer Americans are going to put up paying for this.
As Belgium’s capital and host to the EU and Nato, Brussels is used to deploying heavy security when big names pop by. But US President Barack Obama’s visit on Tuesday will strain the city like never before with €10m ($10.4m, £8.4m) of Belgian money being spent to cover his 24 hours in the country.
The president will arrive on Tuesday night with a 900-strong entourage, including 45 vehicles and three cargo planes. Advance security teams orchestrating every last detail have combed Brussels already, checking the sewers and the major hospitals, while American military helicopters were last week given the green light for overflights. The city hosts at least four EU summits a year, with each of these gatherings costing €500,000 in extra police, military and transport expenses. “But this time round, you can multiply that figure by 20,” said Brussels mayor, Yvan Mayeur.
The city’s four-stage security scale will be raised from two to three during the visit, Obama’s first to the country. A tight cordon will surround The Hotel, the 27-storey former Hilton in the Toison d’Or shopping district where the president will spend the night.
Belgium itself is mobilising 350 police and military on motorbikes to secure the president’s routes to EU and Nato summits on Wednesday, while a convoy of nine US helicopters will take Obama to an American first world war cemetery.
Landing in Amersterdam:
Moving from the airport to the city on Marine 1 after landing in Air Force 1.
Leaving with 5 helicopters:
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