Carol Platt Liebau: Dems & Mubarak: Same Argument

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Dems & Mubarak: Same Argument

Here, we learn that in a speech full of "jabs" at the United States, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has apparently been filching talking points from Senate Democrats.

The 78-year-old Egyptian leader implicitly accused America of having double standards on nuclear policy -- Washington's resolute silence on the nuclear arsenal Israel is believed to possess while leading a drive to deprive Iran of a nuclear program.

Interesting: In the second 2004 presidential debate, John Kerry made a similar argument, asserting, "And the president is moving to the creation of our own bunker- busting nuclear weapon. It's very hard to get other countries to give up their weapons when you're busy developing a new one."

Dianne Feinstein likewise has accused the United States of hypocrisy when it comes to the bunker busters: "So for me, it is difficult if not impossible to reconcile building a multibillion-dollar nuclear bomb factory [the Modern Pit Facility] ... as we preach the importance of limiting proliferation and preventing other nations from developing weapons of mass destruction. And, if I may say so, it is hypocritical."

So President Mubarak, John Kerry, and Dianne Feinstein all suffer from the same moral blindness: They can't distinguish between peaceable and responsible regimes like Israel and the United States having nuclear weapons and letting Islamofascist crazies like Iran's Ahmadinejad have them.

The first piece linked about goes on:

He [Mubarak] further challenged Washington to work toward a world "that fosters multilateralism, abides by international legitimacy and steers away from unilateral actions" -- a clear reference to his and other Arab leaders' distaste for the American invasion of Iraq.

Hm. Sounds to me like Mubarak is a big proponent of "the global test".

Who should be more ashamed? Democrats like Feinstein and Kerry -- for drafting anti-American talking points for the rest of the world -- or Mubarak, for stealing such shoddy material? To me, it's hardly a tough call: Feinstein, Kerry et al. in a walk.


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