Hillary Clinton Ignores Human Rights

Saturday, February 21, 2009

hillarywitch

Regular readers of this Blog know I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton. I didn’t support her bid to be the Democratic nominee for president and I think her celebrated liberal bona fides is a construct of paleo-feminists and the media.

So, it came as no surprise to learn activists were “shocked” Secretary of State Clinton vowed not to let human rights abuses hinder cooperation with China.

Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.

“But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.

T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by Clinton’s remarks.

“The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on” he said.

“But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China,” he said.

Students for a Free Tibet said Clinton’s remarks sent the wrong signal to China at a sensitive time.

“The US government cannot afford to let Beijing set the agenda,” said Tenzin Dorjee, deputy director of the New York-based deputy director of the New York-based advocacy group.

China has been pouring troops into the Himalayan territory ahead of next month’s 50th anniversary of the uprising that sent Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama into exile in India.

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23 Responses to Hillary Clinton Ignores Human Rights

  1. As if we’d dare piss off one of our owners.

  2. Mauigirl says:

    I don’t know what to think about this. What she said wasn’t surprising under the current circumstances. What is the alternative? Shun China and not trade with them? Considering we import most of our stuff from China it would probably hurt us more than it would hurt them. Start a war with them over it? Not a good idea.

    I tend to feel that continuing to engage with China and continuing to interact with them is the only way to keep an eye on them. “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.”

    And on a human level, the more interaction between our cultures, the more understanding.

    I suppose she could have made a stronger statement against their human rights violations. But until Gitmo is closed and the CIA prisons are completely gone, we don’t have a lot of credibility on the issue.

    And, in fairness to Hillary, she is probably there saying what the President wants her to say.

  3. Estacada says:

    Human rights were important to her when she was sleeping with Bill and living in the White House.

    Not so much so when she was working for WalMart and trying to prevent workers from unionizing.

    Hillary has the unique talent all successful men and women in politics possess: they put their finger in the air and see which way the wind is blowing and then take a position.

    This means Hillary stands for nothing at all.

  4. woyoyo says:

    Someone once said Hillary Clinton is John McCain in a rayon pantsuit. It’s a funny joke but an accurate one too.

    At least she’s out of the country so Billary can go to Scores and visit the pole dancers..

  5. Dmitris says:

    The US can’t piss off Beijing so when their economy turns around, China will begin buying out debt again. Piss off Beijing and there’s no way to fund the Afghanistan war, AKA, Vietnam 2.0. The expansion of the American empire into the Middle East and Central Asia takes some serious coin we no longer have in the bank. The US is like a dying elephant, stomping around, screaming and bleating, before we take the last tumble and fall over on our side and die.

  6. Harry says:

    Did the Witch travel by broom or mop? ;-)

  7. TOM339 says:

    One of the on-going debates about U.S. foreign aid is tying it to human rights and the environment.

    Historically, Republicans refused to do either and just signed onto giving the world’s worst thugs and dictators a blank check, just so long as they allowed the U.S. to have a military base on their soil or bought our militaria.

    It seems Hillary Clinton is no different than Reagan, Bush I, or Bush II. Just ignore the ripe human rights abuses of China — one of the worst abusers on earth, because they are the largest purchaser of U.S. Treasury notes.

  8. Big Hank says:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  9. gary says:

    Isn’t China’s human rights abuse a global problem? Shouldn’t the WORLD be addressing issues like this our global organization, the UN? Clearly that hasn’t worked. The UN is the root cause problem here. It needs a drastic overhaul. It needs to be founded on the principles of democracy and human rights. Like this…

    http://www.UnitedDemocraticNations.org

    Careless statements from Clinton to be sure, but I will focus my attention on how Obama addresses the UN problem as that would be the greatest foreign policy payback.

    gary

  10. Aunt Peg says:

    God, I can’t stand this woman.

    Love the picture. It says it all!

  11. Nan Yun says:

    Hillary Clinton is a dog for sticking her head in the sand and ignoring the human rights abuses in China and in Tibet.

    Chinese authorities regularly suppress the Uighur minority in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, claiming it is part of efforts to fight terrorism.

    This is bullshit and a lie.

    The rights of Muslim Uighurs must be recognized by the United States following the lead of teh United Nations who ruled in favor of Uihurs in 2006. This is one of the reasons I boycotted the 2008 Olympics.

    The Chinese authorities official policy using the unmarried Uighur women between the ages of 16 and 25 in slave labor. Hillary Clinton was once a champion of women’s rights. When did this change?

    The Chinese government also banned Uighur people from traveling to foreign countries for fear their pool of cheap slave labor will be depleted.

    Clinton should be ashamed of herself. But shame requires decency and morality and the bitch dog known as Hillary Clinton possesses neither.

  12. DMason says:

    Nan, “Bitch dog.” Works for me. Why the hell did Obama chose her to head State? Talk about the weakest link.

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  14. JollyRoger says:

    Randal got it right; Clinton’s leverage with our #1 banker is extremely limited, so she should focus on that which looks more possible to get done.

    As often as I’ve disagreed with her in the past… not this time.

  15. Prairiedog says:

    The USA has ALWAYS put business and commerce before human rights.

    It’s one of the many reasons our foreign policy choices come back to bite us in the ass. We need to make doing business with us conditional on how other nations treat their people.

  16. Fran says:

    Obama sent Hillary to China & a Special Envoy to Afghanistan… I think that shows he does not trust her with the more serious issue.

    The least the US could do is speak out in favor of Tibet’s rights. Oh wait that would interfere with commerce & money…

    I am not liking Obama’s foreign policies. Just because Obama said in advance he planned on war escalation in Afghanistan does not mean We the People have to agree or support it.

  17. DR says:

    sigh. I am so unimpressed with this administration. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it hasn’t even been 100 days, but still… continuing the war on terror by throwing more troops at it, the stimulus, this… ugh, what’s next.

  18. libhomo says:

    I don’t think she could do this without Obama’s approval.

  19. Tiny Dancer says:

    If Chinese human rights aren’t a factor in our relationship with China, then what sort of message does this send to the rest of the world, soured on the U.S. after 8 years of Bush tyranny?

  20. Matteo says:

    Another excellent post, Christopher. Very little MSM coverage of Hillary’s hypocrisy for Chinese human rights. The woman is an embarrassment.

    I found this article that goes to the heart of your post.

    Group Says China Cracking Down on Dissidents During Clinton Visit

    http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-02-21-voa13.cfm

    Chinese human rights activists say police have harassed and intimidated dissidents so they would not speak out during U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Beijing.

    The Chinese Human Rights Defenders group said Saturday that a number of dissidents have been put under house arrest, questioned and followed by Beijing police in an effort to silence them during Clinton’s visit.

    The group said that among those under house arrest is Zeng Jinyan, the wife of imprisoned activist Hu Jia.

    It issued a statement after Clinton said the debate with China over human rights should not get in the way of progress in other areas.

  21. VicoDANIEL says:

    Hillary really is a piece of work.

    I thought I would celebrate the day she no longer represented New York but he replacement is even worse. Oh well, 2010 will be here before I know it and I can vote out Kristin “Mommy Rifles” Gillibrand.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  22. George Hanshaw says:

    I think it’s time for the Left to face reality. If non-violent means worked for obtaining human rights, the American Revolution would not have been necessary. If sanctions worked, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, etc. , would have folded a long time ago and we wouldn’t be in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    If history tells us anything it’s that people won’t have human rights until THEY THEMSELVES fight for it. So forget ‘Free Tibet,’ and similar nonsense. If the people of Tibet don’t like being a Chinese vassal state, they need to get off their Buddhist butts and fight the Chinese. If they aren’t willing to do that, I see no reason we should. If you feel differently, buy an assault rifle (plenty of them available worldwide) and go fight in Tibet yourself. Dress warm.

  23. RealWorldRadical says:

    If Hu or Wen come to the US without mentioning oppression of the native Americans and theft of their land is that failure on their part to act on human rights? How about Obama’s failure to mention the occupation of northern Ireland…or once you’ve finished the settlement process is it no longer occupation? Heck, have you seen British divorce law? Will Obama dig Ireland on their abortion laws next time he stops by? Raise gay rights in Saudi Arabia?

    The issues are complicated, and just wishing they weren’t so doesn’t change that. Humans want simple answers, and will construct their ideologies to believe they are achievable. Like I am fooling myself into believing the author of this piece has a hope in hell of understanding my point. I need that delusion, or the stupidity would drive me mad.

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