Spreading Democracy, Embracing Hypocrisy

You gotta wonder if the Bush administration thinks people won’t notice it when they do stuff like this:

President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington’s closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.

In June, the State Department listed 14 countries as failing to adequately address trafficking problems, subjecting them all to possible sanctions if they did not crack down.

You know, if you’re gonna have a ideology of spreading democracy and freedom, it’s pretty damned duplicitous to create different standards of conduct based on how much money money is changed hands by private business.

Entangling alliance indeed.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Exactly. If we really cared about the liberty of people in other nations, we certainly turned a blind eye to the horrors in Uganda, Rwanda, and Sudan.

    People in China are bit repressed too, yet we’re not stupid enough to take on China. Heck, even North Korea seems like an accident waiting to happen.

    The middle east is fair game though. Syrian and Iran, you better watch out!

    I’m really worried that if we invade Iran, we’ll spread our troops so thin that the entire army will be in danger. Think of it this way, the administration doesn’t want to pull out soldiers in Iraq for fear of a civil war or coup d’etat. Where are the troops going to come from if we invade Iran? My best friend from high school is in the army reserves and he doesn’t think there are a whole lot of “reserves” left before they either yank in more bodies or thin our lines.

    Both are undesired results IMHO, but hey, I’m not a military strategist.