Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Leading by Bad Example...

Friedman has a great editorial today in the NYTimes... He exposes the utter hypocrisy of this administration.

He points out that this administration is a "do as I say, not as I do" purveyor of democracy. Friedman uses a fictitious Iraqi delegation visiting the US to get his point across.

Let's start with the separation of church and state and the idea that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States".

[...] after two years of being lectured to by U.S. diplomats in Baghdad about the need to separate "mosque from state" in the new Iraq, he was also floored to read that the former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, now a law school dean, said on the radio show of the conservative James Dobson that Miers deserved support because she was "a very, very strong Christian [who] should be a source of great comfort and assistance to people in the households of faith around the country."

"Now let me get this straight," Judge Mithaqi said. "You are lecturing us about keeping religion out of politics, and then your own president and conservative legal scholars go and tell your public to endorse Miers as a Supreme Court justice because she is an evangelical Christian.

"How would you feel if you picked up your newspapers next week and read that the president of Iraq justified the appointment of an Iraqi Supreme Court justice by telling Iraqis: 'Don't pay attention to his lack of legal expertise. Pay attention to the fact that he is a Muslim fundamentalist and prays at a Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosque.' Is that the Iraq you sent your sons to build and to die for? I don't think so. We can't have our people exposed to such talk."

How about torture:

A fellow delegation member [...] said he did not want to spend another day in Washington after listening to the Bush team defend its right to use torture in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfi said he was heartened by the fact that the Senate voted 90 to 9 to ban U.S. torture of military prisoners. But he said he was depressed by reports that the White House might veto the bill because of that amendment, which would ban "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of P.O.W.'s.

And finally the Pravda-like control this administration imposes on all communication:

[...] he wanted to go home after watching a televised videoconference last Thursday between soldiers in Iraq and President Bush. The soldiers, 10 Americans and an Iraqi, were coached by a Pentagon aide on how to respond to Mr. Bush.

"It was right from the Saddam playbook. I was particularly upset to hear the Iraqi sergeant major, Akeel Shakir Nasser, tell Mr. Bush: 'Thank you very much for everything. I like you.' It was exactly the kind of staged encounter that Saddam used to have with his troops."

If our leaders understood what it means to live and work in a democracy they wouldn't have this attitude -- that the ends justify the means. Somehow they think they can spread democracy abroad if only they didn't have to deal with its "constraints" here at home.

1 comment:

Capt. Fogg said...

The fact that they deliberately concocted an excuse for this war, deliberately ignored the warnings of an al Qaeda attack and covered it all up - the fact that the first thing they said was that we would have to give up civil rights means they have no iterest in democracy or open government except to destroy it.