Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice joins the long list of current and former officials showing breathtaking but predictably hypocritical positions on Russia’s invasion of Crimea and other activities in the Ukraine.
The immediate concern must be to show Russia that further moves will not be tolerated and that Ukraine’s territorial integrity is sacrosanct. Diplomatic isolation, asset freezes and travel bans against oligarchs are appropriate. The announcement of air defense exercises with the Baltic states and the movement of a U.S. destroyer to the Black Sea bolster our allies, as does economic help for Ukraine’s embattled leaders, who must put aside their internal divisions and govern their country.
Funny how the territorial integrity of Iraq wasn’t “sacrosanct” in 2003 when Rice was pushing for an invasion of that country as Bush’s National Security Adviser. And can you imagine how she would have reacted if other countries had responded to that invasion with “diplomatic isolation, asset freezes and travel bans”? Of course, we’re too powerful and wealthy for other countries to have done anything serious of that nature, but isn’t that exactly the reason why we should stop pretending that we think territorial integrity and sovereignty are “sacrosanct”? We don’t. We never have.
We should also STFU about democracy, human rights and “international norms.” Our government doesn’t give a damn about those things. We will gladly destroy a democracy (Mohammad Mossadegh, anyone?) and put a brutal thug in power to violate human rights in the most horrifying ways imaginable if it will keep the price of gas a bit cheaper or give us another place to dump toxic waste outside of our own country. And after 8 years of torture and another 5 years of refusing to bring the torturers to justice, the rest of the world can only roll their eyes when we blather on about human rights.