Found at Breitbart.com;
Amnesty International said Friday it was "extremely disappointed" after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns 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 economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis," Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing. (Translation: Never mind about your stinking mandatory abortion policy and other minor items, it's all about the Benjamins baby!)
T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was "shocked and extremely disappointed" by Clinton's remarks. (What did he expect?)
"The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues," he said. (We do when we have an Administration with strong moral beliefs, kinda like that guy who just left. You know, the one everyone thought of as a stupid religious fundie cowboy.)
"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. (Hey Slick, you ain't seen nothing yet.)
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had sent a letter to Clinton before her maiden Asia visit urging her to raise human rights concerns with Chinese leaders.
Before she left, State Department spokesman Robert Wood said human rights would be "an important issue" for Clinton and that she would "raise the issue when appropriate." (Guess it just wasn't appropriate. Gotta keep those greenbacks in mind.)
China has greeted President Barack Obama's administration nervously, believing he would press Beijing harder on human rights and trade issues than former president George W. Bush. (You're kidding. Somebody's been spiking their fortune cookies over there!)
Remember how Bush was always portrayed as the lapdog of capitalists, willing to throw the little guy under the bus at the drop of a hat? Isn't it grand we now have such a compassionate and caring Chief Executive?
Friday, February 20, 2009
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