“I do think we are on the right side of history, aligning ourselves with people’s aspirations for freedom, democracy, universal human rights,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared in a recent interview with the Economist magazine. Describing Washington’s role in the world, she added that “we stand up and say we’re for all these universal values, they’re consonant with American values.”
Such conceptions, that the US role in the world is to promote freedom and export “American values” that are, in reality, “universal values” are nothing new. They go all the way back to the advent of American imperialism and the Spanish American War at the close of the 19th century. Then, as now, they have served as the default ideological cover for carrying out wars of conquest, military coups and repression in the interests of US finance capital.
As the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky noted scathingly in 1924, “America is always liberating somebody. That’s her profession.”
In the past week, the Obama administration has invoked “human rights” as the pretext for stoking a civil war in Syria aimed at bringing about regime-change, as the grounds for preparing war against Iran, and as a justification for ratcheting up military tensions with North Korea and China.
The US government’s posturing as the champion of universal human rights is a patent fraud. Its claims of outrage over violations of freedom and democracy in one or another country are steeped in hypocrisy.
I had an e-mail asking if I'd be watching Bones on Monday because "Booth and Bones add a baby." I really don't care for the show, I'm sorry. But if you are a Bones fan, the show is moving to Mondays (or may be there already) and Booth gives birth this Monday. (It's on Fox.)
It's just not a show that captured my attention. I've watched twice and am probably the only one who thinks David Boreanaz is hotter now than on Buffy. His butt's got a jiggle to it. I'm not joking. On Buffy and Angel it was firm like he did butt exercises. Now it's got some swing to it.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"