I don’t know if my heart is going to make it to 2012…I swear to God.
Jay Nordlinger picked up his Sunday paper, this morning, and couldn’t believe his eyes:
You’ve Got to Be Kidding . . .
We, the United States, have been having human-rights talks with China. Our side is apparently led by Michael Posner, an assistant secretary of state. I will quote from an Associated Press report:
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 [their?] 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.
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?
At The Hayride we find an equally appalled and offended Ryan Booth:
Outrage of the Day 5-16-2010
We are apologizing to a nation that limits families to one child and forcibly aborts others, a nation that persecutes Christians and other religious believers, a nation that has systematically oppressed another (Tibet) and crushed opposition, a nation where the word “democracy” is blocked from the internet, a nation where prisoners are routinely tortured, a nation which executes more “criminals” than the rest of the world combined and where “tax fraud” is a capital crime — we are apologizing to them for our human rights record, including the pretended horrific abuse of asking people who can’t speak English if they are in the U.S. legally.
But what else would you expect from an advocate of open borders and uncontrolled immigration?
Let’s take look at Posner’s resume, via Discover the Networks, shall we?
Michael Posner has been the executive director of Human Rights First since its founding in 1978. HRF describes itself as a group that “works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law.” In practice, HRF is an open borders group that opposes all government efforts to control illegal immigration and strengthen American national security. Posner received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from UC Berkeley; before coming to HRF, he worked for the law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. He has taught at Yale Law School and is a visiting Lecturer at Columbia Law School.
Posner and HRF have supported an open-border immigration policy since the group’s inception. Posner worked with the late Arthur Helton to gain asylum for 2,000 Haitian immigrants who stormed U.S. shores in 1982 (Helton, incidentally, founded the Forced Migration Project for George Soros‘ Open Society Institute). There was subsequently a dramatic rise in Haitian gang-related crime in the 1980s. Additional self-declared “triumphs” for HRF and Posner include the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA), which gave torture victims in other countries the ability to seek remedy in U.S. courts. While this may seem, at first blush, like a worthwhile practice, in fact it is now being used to attack the anti-Communist government in El Salvador for murders committed by underlings. It risks the possibility of U.S. soldiers being put on trial for doing nothing more than making POWs stand for “unreasonable” lengths of time. It allows terrorist states to condemn Israel, which has long allowed its interrogators to keep suspected terrorists awake for long stretches and to shake them, violently, to get information. For these reasons, the U.S. Justice Department resisted the TVPA and similar legislation.
Yes, this is the person Obama has chosen to represent US interests abroad. Any questions?
Apparently yes, someone does have a question. Nordlinger asks:
Do you ever get the idea that our government is a bunch of left-wing undergraduates come to power?
Yes. I think we’re being governed by people who were radicalized in college (in most cases) and never snapped out of it.
The sooner Republicans and moderates of all stripes understand that, the better. We are not dealing with moderate, reasonable people, here, and unless there’s a massive shift of power in Washington in 2010, and 2012, we can kiss the USA as we know and love her, goodbye.
MORE re-ax from Dave In Texas @Ace Of Spades HQ:
So now, in addition to the Democrats’ smearing of SB1070, a scurrilous rant proposed for no reason other than to prop up their own power, we are now officially apologizing to the Chicoms for our backward redneck ways? Do I have this right? To effin Red China, we’re sorry we still fret about how we treat human beings? What the hell planet did I wake up on today?
And John from Powerline weighs in:
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.
Btw, according to the transcript provided by Powerline, Posner’s comments were even worse than the AP reported:
QUESTION: Did the recently passed Arizona immigration law come up? And, if so, did they bring it up or did you bring it up?
ASSISTANT SECRETARY POSNER: We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session, and as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, and that these are issues very much being debated in our own society.
A trip down recent memory lane as the US and our partners in human rights, Red China celebrate 60 years of Communist rule by raising our flags together over the The Ellipse, the public area adjacent to the White House.
Sept 20, 2009:
Michelle Malkin is rested and ready to take this on:
Actually, I phrased the title question wrong..
Question: Who the hell is Michael Posner, and why the hell is he apologizing to China?!
John Hinderaker will be on The O’Reilly Factor, tonight to discuss this issue.
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