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Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama ditch ethics and kiss up to China

March 1, 2009

Gerald Warner at Feb 27, 2009 at 16:12:20 [General]
The Telegraph

Politicians in office should read what is on their desk before scrawling
a signature at the bottom. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has
just had a lesson in such caution. On February 21, in Beijing, Clinton
cynically shed the patina of human rights concern that formerly cloaked
the Obama administration by dismissing Chinese abuses in Tibet and
elsewhere, claiming: "Our pressing on those issues can't interfere on
the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the
security crisis."

She went on to reveal the motivation behind this U-turn when she said:
"I appreciate greatly the Chinese government's continuing confidence in
United States Treasuries." That is politico-speak for "You can hang
Tibetan monks up by their thumbs, if you like, but for heaven's sake
don't stop buying US Treasury Bonds." China's $2 trillion monetary
reserves make Obama and Clinton salivate.

This is the woman who last year urged George Bush to boycott the
Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing because of the regime's violence in
Tibet and its failure to pressurise Sudan to stop "the genocide in
Darfur". Amnesty International and Students for a Free Tibet were
predictably appalled by this volte-face. That was excessively naïve of
them: have they never encountered politicians before?

Four days later, however, Hillary fell victim to severe egg-on-face
syndrome. Her own State Department issued its annual report on human
rights which revealed that, over the past year, China has stepped up its
repression in Tibet and Xinjiang: "The government's human rights record
remained poor and worsened in some areas." The antidote, however, was
robustly asserted in the preface to the report: "Not only will we seek
to live up to our ideals on American soil, we will pursue greater
respect for human rights as we engage other nations and people around
the world."

The signature on that principled preface belonged to Hillary Rodham
Clinton. In fairness, on her recent Far Eastern trip she did lambast
abuse of human rights in North Korea. From that we can deduce that Kim
Jong-il is not in the market for US Treasury Bonds.

Of course Clinton could not conceivably junk all the Democrats' human
rights posturing without the approval of Barack Obama. He is equally
hostage to fortune as his addiction to the spoken word, in incontinent
torrents, now highlights his hypocrisy. We need go no further than his
lacklustre Inauguration Address: "To those who cling to power through
corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on
the wrong side of history..."

Unless, of course, you want to invest a few billion in American bonds.
It is understandable that administrations should indulge in realpolitik;
but the messiahs presiding over them need to hang up their haloes before
doing so. The unravelling of America's Obama delusion will be a long and
painful process, especially for the deluded voters who bought into the
fantasy last November.
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