Remember when Ron Paul voted against the Iran Resolution, saying that it is hypocritical of the U.S. to selectively condemn regimes when we find it politically convenient? Well, there’s another way that criticism of Iranian curtailing of freedoms is hypocritical: we have some of that here, too!
When Helen Thomas asked Obama to reconcile criticisms of Iran with his unwillingness to release detainee torture photos, Obama shrugged her off [emphasis mine]:
Obama was asked by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux about his reaction to that video and to reports that Iranians are refraining from protesting due to fear of such violence. As Obama was answering — attesting to how “heartbreaking” he found the video; how “anybody who sees it knows that there’s something fundamentally unjust” about the violence; and paying homage to “certain international norms of freedom of speech, freedom of expression” — Helen Thomas, who hadn’t been called on, interrupted to ask Obama to reconcile those statements about the Iranian images with his efforts at home to suppress America’s own torture photos (“Then why won’t you allow the photos –“).
The President quickly cut her off with these remarks:
THE PRESIDENT: Hold on a second, Helen. That’s a different question. (Laughter.)
There’s a good reason why the founders told us not to go abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.” We have some of them here, too.Published in