Is Obama a hypocrite or merely insouciant?
Or is he an idiot?
According to news reports Obama’s White House meeting on Valentine’s
day with China’s Vice President, Xi Jinping, provided an opportunity
for Obama to raise “a sensitive human rights issue with the Chinese
leader-in-waiting.” The brave and forthright Obama didn’t let
etiquette or decorum get in his way. Afterwards, Obama declared that
Washington would “continue to emphasize what we believe is the
importance of realizing the aspirations and rights of all people.”
Think about that for a minute. Washington is now in the second
decade of murdering Muslim men, women, and children in six
countries. Washington is so concerned with human rights that it
drops bombs on schools, hospitals, weddings and funerals, all in
order to uphold the human rights of Muslim people. You see, bombing
liberates Muslim women from having to wear the burka and from male
One hundred thousand, or one million, dead Iraqis, four million
displaced Iraqis, a country with destroyed infrastructure, and
entire cities, such as Fallujah, bombed and burnt with white
phosphorus into cinders is the proper way to show concern for human
Ditto for Afghanistan. And Libya.
In Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia Washington’s drones bring human
rights to the people.
Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and secret CIA prison sites are other places
to which Washington brings human rights. Obama, who has the power to
murder American citizens without due process of law, is too
powerless to close Guantanamo Prison.
He is powerless to prevent himself from supplying Israel with
weapons with which to murder Palestinians and Lebanese citizens to
whom Obama brings human rights by vetoing every UN resolution passed
against Israel for its crimes against humanity.
Instead of following Washington’s human rights lead, the evil
Chinese invest in other countries, buy things from them, and sell
Has any foreign dignitary ever raised “a sensitive human rights
issue” with Obama or his predecessor? How is the world so
deranged that Washington can murder innocents for years on end and
still profess to be the world’s defender of human rights?
How many people has China bombed, droned, and sanctioned into
non-existence in the 21st century?
Will Syria and Iran be the next victims of Washington’s concern for
Nothing better illustrates the total unreality of life in the West
than the fact that the entire Western world did not break out in
riotous laughter over Obama’s expression of his human rights concern
over China’s behavior.
Washington’s concern with human rights does not extend as far as
airport security where little girls and grandmothers are sexually
groped. Antiwar activists have their homes invaded, their personal
possessions carried off, and a grand jury is summoned to frame them
up on some terrorist charge. US soldier Bradley Manning is held for
two years in violation of the US Constitution while the human rights
government concocts fabricated charges to punish him for revealing a
US war crime. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is harassed endlessly with
the goal of bringing him into the human rights clutches of
Washington. Critics of Washington’s inhumane policies are monitored
and spied upon.
Washington is the worst violator of human rights in our era, and
Washington has only begun.
Who will liberate Americans from Washington’s clutches?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and
an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. His latest
book, HOW THE ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by
CounterPunch/AK Press. He can be reached through his website.