Mandatory hypocrisy

Anne Applebaum, in a Washington Post opinion piece, lays out the hypocrisy that is compulsory in Washington. The headline is: How Trump makes dictators stronger. However, Applebaum's criticism of Trump does not have anything to do with Trump making dictators stronger. There is no criticism of the overthrowing of democratically elected governments; nothing to do with arming dictators; nothing to do with providing diplomatic support for dictatorships.

 

Applebaum's criticism is restricted to mere rhetoric. She makes it perfectly clear that the role of the US president is to make lofty speeches about values, democracy, the love of freedom. For her, US support for vicious authoritarian regimes is fine, but the president must dress it up in fine rhetoric about democracy and human rights. As Applebaum says, "we hear no such aspirational lanuague from President Trump." She condemns his lack of "reference to theoretical ideals" [my emphasis].

 

The fact that this opinion piece appears in the Washington Post, the mouth-piece of Washington group-think, is revealing. It shows how deeply entrenched are lying and hypocrisy in the political-media elite. Actually supporting vicious dictatorships is perfectly acceptable, but failing to cover up such support with lying, hypocritical spin is disgraceful and utterly unacceptable. Applebaum makes a point of criticising Trump's positive words during his meeting with Egypt's President al-Sissi. She is at pains to point out his appalling human rights record. However, she is completely silent on the fact that Washington policy towards Egypt under the Trump presidency is nothing other than an unchanged continuation of Washington policy under Obama. In other words, the actual support for Egypt's dictator is an appropriate policy, but it is completely unacceptable to fail to dress it up with rhetorical pyrotechnics about democracy and human rights.

 

Applebaum's piece reveals the role of the president as understood by the elite. The president is their liar in chief; the state hypocrite; the PR front for US hegemony.

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Comments (9)

  1. magnocrat

    Study the human race hard for consistency its a very rare quality. The other day I found I had inconsistencies in myself ! I was horror struck of all people I was convinced I was consistent, but perhaps its just as well it took me down a peg or two.

    May 10, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Calling it inconsistency is an amazing understatement.

      May 10, 2017
  2. wirelessguru1

    “The president is their liar in chief; the state hypocrite; the PR front for US hegemony.”
    That’s actually a pretty good observation. I AM impressed.

    May 10, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Thanks.

      May 11, 2017
  3. Munkyman

    This is exactly what’s wrong with the “resist” movement, they’re not pissed about what’s going on… it’s all fairly centrist & the “worst” things that they’re upset about… didn’t bother them as Obama deported more people& filled ICE detention centers to capacity. They are not based on actual principles, most wouldn’t know one if they broke a toe on it. They are dedicated to the cult of personality & in this case they simply hate Donald & because of that he could cure cancer & one too many rats would have died proving it making him a monster who got lucky.

    May 10, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      I know someone (offline) who has a seriously negative attitude towards Trump. First, time we discussed the issue, I asked him what policies he was opposed to – he didn’t know of any. He still doesn’t know anything, and he still has an extremely hostile attitude. And this in England. He is getting his opinion from the British corporate media, which ignores Trump’s policies and just engages in character assassination.

      May 11, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        Our’s only pays lip service to policy, it’s all about the cult of personality.

        May 11, 2017
      2. Munkyman

        I can almost appreciate the logic behind it… almost.
        If everyone in power is going to screw you, then it doesn’t really matter who is in power or how they screw you… you might as well “like” them. I can’t get behind that fatalism, but the logic does have some merit… if you can accept the premise.

        May 11, 2017
      3. wirelessguru1

        So you’re hanging around with morons then! LOL!!!

        May 11, 2017