Crass. Imbecilic. Disgraceful.
It’s hard to pick a word that works when American businesses take to the Wall Street Journal today to run a full page ad arguing that confronting Russia over its invasion of Crimea in Ukraine is not in America’s best interests.
“America’s interests are at stake in Russia and Ukraine,” the ad, placed by the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, blares in bold print. “Sanctions hurt American interests…We are concerned about actions that would harm American manufacturers and cost American jobs…It’s time to put American jobs and growth first.”
First before what? Before respect for human dignity? Before the right of a nation’s people to choose their own government? Before support for the principle of territorial integrity as stated in the United Nations Charter?
“Democracy and respect for human rights have long been central components of U.S. foreign policy,” the U. S. Department of State says. “Supporting democracy not only promotes such fundamental American values as religious freedom and worker rights, but also helps create a more secure, stable, and prosperous global arena in which the United States can advance its national interests.”
America has been promoting democracy around the world since its founding under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Now we shouldn’t care about the rights of the Ukrainians if there are profits at stake?
How low can we go?