House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) is a hawkish conservative lawmaker who strongly supported the Bush administration’s militaristic foreign policy and has blasted President Obama for being insufficiently imperialistic. That’s why it was so surprising when, during a trip this week overseas, Cantor sounded off on the U.S.’s interventionist policies abroad, noting that “I don’t think we, in America, would want another country telling us how to implement and execute our laws.“
Of course there’s the obvious catch: Cantor “objected to U.S. criticism of Israel’s eviction of two Arab families from housing in eastern Jerusalem earlier this week.”
When it comes to Israel clearing Arabs out of East Jerusalem to make way for Jewish settlers, Cantor empathizes with those who defy American foreign policy. When it comes to other countries’ internal affairs, umm . . .
“The Administration’s silence in the face of Iran’s brutal suppression of democratic rights represents a step backwards for homegrown democracy in the Middle East,” Cantor said. “President Obama must take a strong public position in the face of violence and human rights abuses. We have a moral responsibility to lead the world in opposition to Iran’s extreme response to peaceful protests.”
It’s almost as if Cantor’s views on foreign policy are — and get ready for this folks — a tad . . . inconsistent, almost as if he doesn’t mind human rights abuses committed by U.S. allies, expressing moral indignation to such abuses when it serves the interests of American hegemony. Shocking, I know.