How can Bush lecture on human rights?

Re “Bush Skirts Rights Issue,” Nov. 21

Before visiting China, President Bush said he would push the Chinese leadership hard to accept the values of civil rights, freedom and democracy. However, we’re being told that in reality he did very little, if any, pressuring at all.

The Chinese leadership had every right to tell him that as the leader of a government that is now well-known for its subhuman treatment of its prisoners, and whose vice president is using all the power of his office to get Congress to endorse the practice of torture, the United States has lost all moral authority to dictate to anyone how a country treats its internal affairs.

They may have simply told Bush to shut up and mind his own business.



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