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Hillary Slams Vietnam, Promises More Aid

From her flacks at the New York Times:

In Hanoi, Clinton Criticizes Vietnam on Rights

Published: July 22, 2010

HANOI, Vietnam — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed concern on Thursday about what she called the Vietnamese government’s intolerance of dissent as she started a two-day visit to mark 15 years of normalized relations between Vietnam and the United States.

Relations normalized by her husband (against the will of the American people) when their intolerance was far worse.

Noting Vietnam’s recent jailing of democracy activists, attacks on religious groups and curbing of Internet social-networking sites, Mrs. Clinton said she raised the status of human rights in a meeting with a deputy prime minister, Pham Gia Khiem…

“Recent”? There is nothing recent about any of this.

At a lunch with Vietnamese and American businesspeople, Mrs. Clinton returned to the theme, speaking of the “profound differences” between the United States and Vietnam on political freedoms. She said the United States would press Vietnam to do more to protect individual freedom

Of course Mrs. Clinton and her husband opposed the war in Vietnam. And her husband quickly normalized relations with the country. So why is she bring it up now?

Mr. Khiem replied that human rights were rooted in unique cultural and historical circumstances. He cited what he claimed was an observation by President Obama that countries be allowed to choose their own path and that human rights not be imposed from outside.

Good one, Mr. Khiem! Notice that this seemed to shut up our Secretary Of State.

Mrs. Clinton’s comments were notable, given that she has played down human rights concerns in visits to Vietnam’s neighbor, China. But her timing, at the outset of the visit, suggested that she wanted to make her point, and move on.

“Her point” being that if you own a lot of America’s debt you can get away with anything.

She devoted most of her remarks to promises that the United States would increase cooperation on trade and investment, and would do more to help Vietnamese suffering lingering effects from Agent Orange, a chemical the American military used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War.

“We have been working with Vietnam for abut nine years to try to remedy the effects of Agent Orange,” she said. “I told the minister I would work to increase our cooperation.”

So Mrs. Clinton intends to punish the Vietnamese for their suppression of freedom by increasing our trade and investments and aid – and helping them with their anti-American propaganda. That will work, for sure.

But Mrs. Clinton would seem to be confused about Vietnam, anyway.

As we previously noted, according to the honorable Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Mars), the North and South Vietnamese are living across the border from each other in contented harmony.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Hillary Slams Vietnam, Promises More Aid”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    S.J.L. Can we say idiot?! (In my best Mr. Rogers voice.)

  2. Enthalpy says:

    Just think what her comment would have been had she not gone to Yale!

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “So why is she bring it up now?

    She is trying to grab the votes of those left-leaning independents and liberal RINOs for the election of 2012. She hates obama and took the SoS job to keep in the public eye, lest they forget the smell.

    By pretending to be “all for democracy” and talking tough….she hopes to gain votes.

    But remember about her dodging sniper fire all those years ago.

    I do.

    I dislike her only marginally less than I dislike the boy who sits in the president’s chair.

  4. NickB says:

    Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Mars)

    I’m laughing my ass off, Steve!!!!!

  5. Gila Monster says:

    Well, we all knew Sheila was a tool, however, she’s never been described as a “sharp” tool..

    I believe she’s Cynthia McKinney’s (D-Pluto) mother, just has to be. There’s no other plausible explanation or possibility. I’m convinced…..

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