It is fascinating watching “progressives” who’ve lectured everyone about the sins of America in supporting dictatorships and oppressive regimes during the Cold War now turn silent when America embraces that same amoral approach when it no longer faces nuclear annihilation.
President Obama is freely willing – in total silence – to work with oppresive regimes and dictators and respect their sovereigny if they unclench their fists against us. Meanwhile, they can use that fist ad libitum, so to speak, against their own people without one word of criticism from the US. Respect, you see, is the new game in town.
And so with this new sophisticated approach, the Arab and Muslim people will believe in the US again like they did, the President said, 20 years ago (check that history out). After all, we stopped harsh interrogation, closed Gitmo (to be seen), and will give them full (or near) rights when held by us. Meanwhile, these same new believers in the shining city on the hill will find themselves shot and tortured and arrested and oppressed by governments that the US thinks are just fine.
Forgive me if I’ve seen this plot before. It doesn’t turn out so swell.