Yesterday, while at the gym doing cardio, I occasionally glanced up and watched the news on the TVs suspended in front of me. I didn’t have headphones (to hear the audio via nifty transmitters on the machines) and not all the TVs had close-captioning, so I primarily just saw the news without hearing it.
When Ramsey Clark came on CNN, I thus don’t know if the anchors and reporters asked this former Attorney General tough questions about his defense of Saddam. Given that it’s CNN, I expect that they fawned all over this man who represents deposed despots and mass murderers. Having earned such nicknames as “the war criminal’s best friend,” Clark’s primary criterion for choosing a client seems to that individual’s attitude toward the United States. If someone opposes America, Clark is ready and willing to defend him. No matter how great his crime.
His past clients include “former Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic, a Rwandan clergyman charged with genocide and Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 truck-bomb explosion at New York’s World Trade Center.” Even his former colleagues and friends, including some on the left find him “far out on the fringe” and aligned “with every tyrant and every war criminal he can find.”
While many sensible liberals have criticized Clark, his support for the most despicable anti-American despots and terrorists has made him a kind of poster child for the angry left. (Please note I’m saying “angry left” here, not the entire left.) For these irrational oppositionists, the U.S. is responsible for every problem in the world. Since this nation can only do wrong, anyone who opposes it must be worth defending. And in taking up the defense of America’s enemies, Ramsey Clark speaks up for those who have nothing but contempt for our nation and its ideals.
UPDATE: In the comments, our pal North Dallas Thirty references his thoughtful post on the topic. It appears that the defender of despots believes the Butcher of Baghdad was innocent! So, check out ND30’s post for a slightly different perspective than that we offer here.