Now as instability grows in the Mideast and elsewhere, all of a sudden she's paying lip service to protesters. Now if tomorrow a million people showed up outside the Capitol or White House demanding economic reforms in the United States, would she be telling her boss to listen to the pleas of the people?
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday urged leaders across the Middle East to embrace democratic reforms in response to growing unrest in the region despite the risk of short-term instability in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.Open and accountable political systems? Why, what a quaint notion. Would have been nice if we had openness and accountability before we were herded into ObamaCare. To this day the majority of people do not want it, yet we're told what's bets for us. A lot of accountability there, huh?
Clinton told an international security conference in Munich that change is a "strategic necessity" that will make Arab nations stronger and their people more prosperous and less susceptible to extremist ideologies. The region will face greater threats and insecurity without such actions, she said.
"This is not simply a matter of idealism; it is a strategic necessity," she said. "Without genuine progress toward open and accountable political systems, the gap between people and their governments will only grow, and instability will only deepen."
"Some leaders may believe that their country is an exception - that their people will not demand greater political or economic opportunities, or that they can be placated with half-measures," she said. "In the short term, that may be true; but in the long-term that is untenable."Half measures? Like, say, a couple of dollars in tax credits so were can build solar panels in order to win the future?
"If the events of these past few weeks prove anything, it is that the governments who consistently deny their people freedom and opportunity are the ones who will, in the end, open the door to instability."Ah, yes, but when people here protest the erosion of their freedom and lack of jobs, well, they're just an angry mob being egged on by hate radio.