Years ago I got into a blog discussion with some folks from Germany. They were “accusing” us of going into Iraq because of the oil. Otherwise, they said, why weren’t we going into Darfur?
I told them that it wasn’t quite as simple as that, but that yes, we have no strategic interest in Darfur, but we do in Iraq so if we’re going to choose, let’s choose Iraq. I continue to believe that makes sense.
Now we have Hillary Clinton going into China and essentially dismissing the issue of human rights as she works to make certain the Chinese continue to buy up our debt.
(Though since the Chinese make their money by selling stuff to us – I’m unclear on the concept of how this is all going to work.)
(I’m also unsure how giving up a negotiating tactic is a good plan.)
As Captain Ed notes,
Perhaps I missed it, but I don’t recall a statement by Condoleezza Rice or Colin Powell that baldly stated that the US cared less about human rights than trade than this statement from Hillary Clinton does.
But hey – we have a strong strategic need to work with China and a weak need to work with Colombia.
OR could it be that race thing again.
And since Eric Holder has requested that we here in the US find our cajones and discuss race, let’s give it a shot:
Here is a native Colombian woman and a Chinese woman:
Here are photos of women in Darfu and one in Iraq:
I’m just saying…….
In reality I think this has nothing to do with race and all to do with strategic interests. (or rather the current administration’s idea of strategy – no matter who the administration is)
It’s why we seem to be ok with letting the Taliban take over the Swat valley in Pakistan.
Strategy. (ps – read this link to Spiegel. It’s a good story)
For one thing, we can separate the radical element and train/bomb certain sections without insulting the whole country. (Taking note that as we say, “sure” to Pakistan giving up Swat to the Taliban, we continue to secretly train Pakistanis to fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban.)
ie if someone came and bombed-oh lets say some area in Idaho that is run by militias,- we’d all be up in arms over it. But if we gave that area independence then we could say “go for it”.
Each administration is going to have their own strategy and hopefully it’s based off of some philosophical belief that is respectable. The Anchoress had a great post up yesterday. She still misses Bush, as do I.
One reason….his strategies made sense.
So much sense, that Obama is adopting them!!