If Dominique Strauss-Kahn decides to throw his hat into the "I-wanna-be-president" ring, no one could stop him, but he nonetheless will have to (successfully) negotiate several speed bumps on the road to the presidential palace.
When I heard Strauss-Kahn's charges were being dismissed, all I could think of was a picture I saw in the paper last spring of a proud army of hotel maids in their grey uniforms gathered outside the courthouse where he was being arraigned, to at last make their voices heard.
Will New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance allow the DSK case to proceed to trial and allow a jury to render a verdict? Or will he play God and decide the case himself? He makes his decision on Tuesday.
I have to say it, even if nobody else wants to. I think we need to have a national conversation about how "we the people" have reacted to the alleged sexual assault of Nafissatou Diallo by Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
It is ethically correct for prosecutors to proceed to trial even with a weak case. That's what a prosecutor's duty to justice really means, and prosecutors more than any other government officials are sworn to serve justice.
What's worse?: paying the bills and what's owed to peeps of this country or being viewed worldwide as "bad creditors" and defaulting? Then, what? We get smacked with higher interests and yoda, yoda, yoda.
The Dominique Strauss Kahn affair is like a Rorschach test: it consists of pieces of information so conflicting, and hard to make sense of, that what people end up thinking about it is a reflection of the perspective they brought in the first place.