Question: Who the hell is Michael Posner, and why the hell is he apologizing to China?!
Answer: Michael Posner is the former head agitator at the transnationalist Human Rights First, who represents the textbook State Department mindset of pandering to the worst America-bashers without hesitation or shame. Foggy Bottom isn’t just stuck on stupid. It’s stuck on American self-sabotage.
John Hinderaker at Powerline:
This is unfreakingbelievable, even for the Obama administration:
The United States and China reported no major breakthroughs Friday after only their second round of talks about human rights since 2002.
The Obama administration wants to push Beijing to treat its citizens better, but it also needs Chinese support on Iranian and North Korean nuclear standoffs, climate change and other difficult issues. …
[Assistant Secretary of State Michael] 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 [sic] 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.
What an idiot! China murdered millions of its citizens who opposed the government’s Communist policies and allows most of its people little or no freedom. We, on the other hand, enforce our immigration laws. No, wait–actually we don’t. That’s why Arizona had to take a shot at it. Oh, by the way, Michael Posner, you clueless moron–China actually does enforce its immigration laws.
Jay Nordlinger at The Corner:
I hope I have read that incorrectly, or am interpreting it incorrectly. Did we, the United States, talking to a government that maintains a gulag, that denies people their basic rights, that in all probability harvests organs, apologize for the new immigration law in Arizona? Really, really?
And that is to leave to one side, for the moment, the question of whether issues of crime, poverty, and so on truly belong in human-rights talks. You remember the old line, taught to us by our dear Marxist professors: “Here in the West, we have political rights: of expression, worship, assembly, etc. But you can’t eat those! In the East Bloc, they have economic and social rights: to food, shelter, health care, and the like.” Of course, free countries do better by material measures, too — better than those countries that have “economic and social rights.” Infinitely better.
A month ago, President Obama told the leader of Kazakhstan that we were still — you know: working on our democracy. An Obama national-security aide, Mike McFaul, said, “[Obama has] taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office here in the United States.” (For a write-up, go here.) “Historic steps”? I suppose he meant national health care, socialized medicine. I suppose, by “democracy,” he meant social democracy. Hard to tell. I don’t think he meant that the Justice Department was going to make the New Black Panthers stop intimidating voters.
Do you ever get the idea that our government is a bunch of left-wing undergraduates come to power?
Carol Platt Liebau at Townhall:
Admittedly, it’s hard to assess China’s treatment of illegal immigrants — because no one is clamoring to come to a country where Christians are persecuted and tortured, and forced (late term) abortions occur. And even as the Chinese complain about American poverty and homelessness, one might delicately point out that it’s far preferable to be poor here than over there. Overall, when it comes to illegal immigration, the biggest problem China has is people trying to get out, not in. So if rational people vote with their feet, it would seem that the United States has much less for which to apologize.
The idea that the Obama administration would preemptively apologize for America’s human rights record — compared to China’s — is outrageous, and shameful. Do these people even live in the same country as the rest of us?
Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller:
That’s right: We said “sorry” to China for violating human rights by enforcing our own immigration laws.
If there’s a bigger fan of the State Department than me, I’ve yet to meet one. But this screwup is even worse than the “Reset” button
There’s no gaffe that can’t be fixed with Hillary’s ear-piercing bray. Put ‘er to work, boys.