May 16, 2008
As most of you know by now Scott and I were among the diplomats who left Belarus on May 3rd. Ten (10) American diplomats were declared persona non grata and the 11th (Scott) left for administrative reasons.
This news wasn’t widely covered in the United States, but did finally make the May 12th episode of the Colbert Report. We also managed to make it to YouTube. This video was taken on the day we left. Max has a cameo. I fortunately did not make the video. I was probably off to use the restroom as my traveler’s bladder was calling.
What this video depicts is the pre departure and the convoy heading toward and crossing the border to Lithuania. What this video does not depict are the friends and co-workers that we left behind.
Yesterday the US imposed further sanctions so I’m sure this is all far from over. Stay tuned.