Monday, May 17, 2010

Unbelievable

Obama has a history of having an incredibly backwards foreign policy.  From insulting allies, appeasing enemies, and apologizing to just about everyone seems to be how he wants to get things done.  But this?  Enraging.

Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.

He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person's immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

Since when do we treat the Chinese as equals in matters of human rights?  If we talk about human rights its a lecture, not a dialogue, and perhaps that's that's arrogant but there is no valid comparison in human rights between our nations.  The Chinese want to talk about crime, poverty, homelessness, and racial discrimination?  Sure we can talk about that.

Let's talk about how China executes people for committing the unforgivable crimes of counterfeiting or financial fraud.  How you have crimes punishable by death that no other country in the world has.  Or lets talk about how your one child policy is manufacturing a crisis that will leave tens of millions of men without wives and is expected to drastically increase crime.

Let's talk about how China struggles with poverty because of it's backwards, Communist policies that have killed tens of millions in the past.  I don't quite understand how a developing nation - who's own policies are the reason for its people's suffering - is going to complain about the richest-nation-in-the-world's policies.  Ours brought us wealth, yours brought you famine. 

Or maybe you'd prefer to talk about your own homelessness, a problem you want to ignore in your own country, but prefer to point out in other countries apparently.

Perhaps you'd prefer if we touch on your history, and continued use of ethnic discrimination.  Or hey let's talk about how you treated the Mexicans during the swine flu outbreak.

I especially like the part where the Obama administration tries to throw Arizona under the bus for a law his justice department hasn't even read yet.  Maybe I'm wrong here, but doesn't it seem unpatriotic to put ideology ahead of your nation in diplomatic proceedings?

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