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We recently witnessed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Chinese leaders that their country’s human rights record was of little concern to the United States. Now over the weekend we’ve had the Obama administration effectively embrace the military coup in Honduras, in opposition to every country in Latin America (other than two American-sponsored Banana Republics).
Meanwhile, Teodoro Obiang, the dictator of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea since 1979, has announced that he won a weekend balloting for president with 96.7 percent of the vote. That’s actually down from the 97.1 percent of the vote that he won during the last election in 2002. At this rate, Obiang will lose an absolute majority in the year 2828, which the Obama administration will no doubt cite as progress.
It’s increasingly hard to tell how Obama’s foreign policy differs in substance from that of George W. Bush. If the latter hadn’t already copyrighted the Orwellian term “Freedom Agenda” for his foreign policy, Obama could use it for his own.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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