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The United States apologized to China for human rights violations?

The United States apologized to China for what it called human rights issues. You read that correctly. China! The same China whose leader Mao Ze-Dong murdered tens of millions of his own citizens. The same China that stamped out the Tienanmen Square protest by massacring the protesters in the streets. The same China that forces women to have abortions. The same China that jails Christians for practicing their faith.

We apologized to that China. Here's the transcript of comments by Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state, via Michelle Malkin:

Q Was there any areas in which China sort of turned the tables and raised its own complaints or concerns about U.S. practices around the globe or at home? Can you give some examples there -

MR. POSNER: Sure. You know, I think, again, this goes back to Ambassador Huntsman's comment. Part of a mature relationship is, do you have an open discussion where you not only raise the other guy's problems but you raise your own and you have a discussion about it? We did plenty of that.

We had experts from the U.S. side, for example, yesterday talking about treatment of Muslim Americans in an immigration context. We had discussion of racial discrimination. We had a back-and-forth about how each of our societies are dealing with those sorts of questions.

...Q (Off mike.)

MR. POSNER: I'm not going to get into the details.

We've expressed in the past, you know, our concern about the nature of the detention. And we certainly continue to be concerned about the fact that he's in prison.

Q Did the recently passed Arizona immigration law come up? And if so, did they bring it up? Or did you bring it up?

MR. 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 these are issues very much being debated in our own society.

Q Did they -- did they discuss anything about their concerns about Chinese visiting in Arizona? Any concerns raised?

MR. POSNER: No, that was not raised.

Why in the name of all that is good and holy did he apologize? Because Arizona dared to pass an immigration law that does nothing more than mirror the federal law that has been in existence since 1940 and that the feds refuse to enforce? Arizona has the right to protect its borders and citizens from hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who swarm into the state every year and burden the state's health care, educational, and welfare systems, sticking the state's taxpayers with the bill. And the Obama administration considers that to be the moral equivalent to China's long, bloody history of crimes against humanity and worthy of an apology. It's nothing short of an unforgivable betrayal of the American people.

Michael Posner is a disgrace to our country. He's a threat to our sovereignty, our national security, and our values of freedom and liberty. His apology was flat out against the interests of the American people, not to mention the millions of people who currently live in oppression all over the world who crave the light of freedom and have always viewed America as the source of that light.

I don't recognize my own country any longer. I have no idea what nation Obama is leading, but it's not the United States of America. Not any more.

Update: Allahpundit is as outraged as I am and demands that Posner be fired. I could not agree more. The mentality that our defensive actions to protect ourselves from illegal immigrants who smuggle drugs, weapons, and other illegals is somehow morally equivalent to China's depraved violence toward its own citizens isn't just the position of Michael Posner; it's obviously that of the Obama administration as well, otherwise Posner would not have apologized. In fact, it's just an extension of Obama's world apology tour.

As AP notes, Sarah Palin mentioned this on her Twitter page, but this is a such an explosive violation of the American people's trust, I hope she takes this head on.

Cross posted at KimPriestap: No-nonsense conservative opinion


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In Posner's defense, Americ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

In Posner's defense, America did intern people often for no just cause under Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt.

And Dick Cheney totally trafficked human kidneys. Not for transplant, just to use on his air hockey table.

November will be sweet!!</p... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

November will be sweet!!

In Posner's defens... (Below threshold)
In Posner's defense, America did intern people often for no just cause under Democratic icon Franklin Roosevelt.

Posner wasn't talking about America's past sins. He was talking about the Arizona immigration law.

Posner is an "open borders ... (Below threshold)

Posner is an "open borders idiot". I can only hope for the day when "Roberto" takes over Posner's job for 1/2 the money.

Just more of Barry's "Best and brightest".

feelings uber alles!... (Below threshold)

feelings uber alles!

Liberal statists hate State... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Liberal statists hate States Rights. Arizona represents the war that this regime is waging against America. Arizona threw a wrench into the regimes plans to roll over America with "comprehensive Immigration reform" which is code for 30 million new Democrat voters. Posner was just voicing his and the regimes contempt for this country. Everyone, or at least all of the Republicans, should be shouting for his firing. I'm not holding my breath.

Jewish Federation of... (Below threshold)

Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona calls for immigration reform
1. Posted: May 14, 2010 3:32 PM PDT Updated: May 14, 2010 3:32 PM PDT
2. Web Producer: David Rush
3. Tucson, (KGUN9-TV/JFSA)- The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is calling on federal immigration reform. The group said it has serious concerns about Arizona's new immigration law.
4. The Jewish Community Relations Council released the following statement:
5. The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has serious concerns about the new law, Immigration: Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070) and its potential impact on human rights and human dignity. We acknowledge the need for a more secure border and comprehensive immigration reform that places priority on the safety and security of Arizona's citizens, and thus urge Congress to immediately introduce comprehensive immigration reform that will address fair legal immigration policies and a commitment to enforcement that respects human dignity and human rights for all.
6. As members of the Jewish community who have been considered "strangers" throughout history, we know well the fear of living as "outsiders." The Torah (Hebrew Bible) states that we "shall have one law for the stranger and the citizens alike" (Leviticus 24:22), and tells us seventeen distinct times to "Love the stranger." In addition, we are commanded to establish a fair justice system and to "judge the people with righteous justice" (Deuteronomy 16:12). These passages provide great relevance with respect to the rights of immigrants.
7. With this law, local law enforcement officers who have "reasonable suspicion" about a person's immigration status are required to demand immigration papers. We are concerned that this will create distrust between local law enforcement and those they are sworn to serve and protect. We are also concerned that members of the immigrant and Latino communities, both legal citizens and non-citizens, will be reluctant to report crimes or to cooperate with local law enforcement out of fear of discrimination for or separation from their families and themselves.
8. We hope bipartisan support will address a fair immigration policy, as our nation is committed to enforcement that respects human dignity and human rights.

April 23, 2008Who We... (Below threshold)

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The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every "person" and are not limited to citizens. The framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the authors and ratifiers of post-Civil War amendments, all understood the essential importance of protecting non-citizens against governmental abuse and discrimination.
Our nation has unquestioned authority to control its borders and to regulate immigration. But we must exercise the awesome power to exclude or deport immigrants consistent with the rule of law, the fundamental norms of humanity and the requirements of the Constitution.
The ACLU was born in the 1920's during the "Red Scare," a time when then U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer was ordering immigrants summarily detained and deported because of their political views. That was the beginning of the ACLU's long work challenging unconstitutional laws and practices to make the Constitution a living document for everyone in the country. The ACLU has defended the Constitution's guarantees on behalf of the foreign-born and immigrants ever since.
Upholding the rights of immigrants is important to us all. When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone's rights are at risk. Non-citizens are often the first and most vulnerable targets of government abuse.
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Clean-up on aisles 7&8, mor... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Clean-up on aisles 7&8, moronic spambot alert.

A moronic spambot whose writer still confuses legal and illegal immigrants, at that.

NOTE to 7,8 and 9....... (Below threshold)

NOTE to 7,8 and 9....

Feel better now?

Regardless, go the fuck away.

The chinese must have had o... (Below threshold)

The chinese must have had one good long laugh after our delegation left.

We look like buffoons. Need to borrow absurd amounts of money from them to fund our debt and then we grovel and apologize for enforcing our borders. The chinese must think we've lost our minds.

Um. . I distinctly remember... (Below threshold)

Um. . I distinctly remember that the coziness with the Chicoms was an issue from CLinton, straight through the bush years and still now, although Bush was never quite so blatant as THIS. . . .

Bush the Elder had a bit of... (Below threshold)

Bush the Elder had a bit of a China-syndrome issue too, though that probably stemmed from his having been sent there by Jerry Ford. Poppy is one of those guys who, if you're nice to him you've made a friend for life -- just like with the Saudis.

To some extent Dubya apparently inherited that tendency.

7 - this is about ILLEGAL N... (Below threshold)

7 - this is about ILLEGAL NOT LEGAL immigration you tool!

"7 - this is about ILLEG... (Below threshold)

"7 - this is about ILLEGAL NOT LEGAL immigration you tool!"

Seriously? The Dems can't tell the difference between the two concepts, and they don't want to learn.

"The chinese must think ... (Below threshold)

"The chinese must think we've lost our minds."

It's the water inside the Beltway. The whole area's polluted with toxic ideas. Move out the monuments and museums, wall it off, put all the politicians in detox for five or ten years.

Make Cheyenne, Wyoming the Nation's Capitol, and you'll see government shrink FAST.

Max9010 is good at cut and ... (Below threshold)

Max9010 is good at cut and paste, perhaps he can cut and paste ALL THE LAWS that illegal's are EXEMPT from. This would save us all a lot of time.

Where's the appology?... (Below threshold)

Where's the appology?

"Where's the apology?"... (Below threshold)

"Where's the apology?"

Q Did the recently passed Arizona immigration law come up? And if so, did they bring it up? Or did you bring it up?

MR. 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 these are issues very much being debated in our own society.

So when has Barry cleared h... (Below threshold)

So when has Barry cleared his busy schedule for the next Bow down in Beijing?

More importantly, when is B... (Below threshold)

More importantly, when is Barry going to apologize for the damage hes done to our economy? Aren't those 20 million jobs he axed violations of human rights?

I for one think it's great ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I for one think it's great they can teach challenged kids like max9010 to cut and paste and perform other simple tasks.

Wow. max9010 qualifies as ... (Below threshold)

Wow. max9010 qualifies as weapons-grade stupid.

Show your support for democ... (Below threshold)

Show your support for democracy in China!







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