By Ben Cohen
While it's true that there is something ugly about hearing Clinton
proudly announce that "I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to
be friends of my family" -- that wonderful "friend of her family" is
one of the world's most repressive dictators -- the idea that the U.S.
is in any position to play the role of human rights arbiter for the
world is about the most unhinged notion imaginable. Few things have
degraded international conceptions of human rights more than American
actions over the last decade -- not only what we've done, but what we
continue to do.
theU.S., under the Bush administration, has "forfeited forever its
ability to chastise the human rights abuses of others without
triggering a global laughing fit."
I've written about this before, and I got several emails from readers livid that I could excuse human rights abuses in China. I wasn't, just pointing out that it isn't America's place to criticize.