How fun that members of a Senate that recently required a nuclear option to resuscitate itself are the chiders-in-chief of the breakthrough deal with Iran. Or that the only country to engage in nuclear warfare and that kept its nuclear launch codes set to “00000000" for 20 years leads world discussions on nuclear responsibility.
But hypocrisy in international relations is a field as fertile as any Afghan pomegranate orchard (with just as many land mines).
A post-racial America was not inaugurated alongside Barack Obama in 2008—no matter how much you wish it so. Perhaps after viewing the unflinchingly brutal vérité of “12 Years a Slave,” it would be comforting to think of this country’s long legacy of racial oppression as a long-dead evil of centuries past.
Yet the Supreme Court invalidated “separate but equal” public education fewer than 60 years ago—and many years were spent beating back the Southern massive resistance movement before anything approaching racial integration materialized. Prohibitions of interracial marriage were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia—fewer than 50 years ago.
Congressman Mike J. Rogers, at a hearing last week over the latest National Security Agency scandals, non-ironically disseminated this beautiful piece of sophistry: “You can’t have your privacy violated if you don’t know your privacy is violated.
If the NSA snoops on everyone, and no one knows enough to complain, does it still make a stink?