Friday, June 22, 2007

Great point from Steve Clemons

I think this is exactly right, and at the end of the day no matter how much the right goes after Moore personally with tired bromides from the 60s, it comes down to this:

Michael Moore is making quite a splash in Washington with his new film, Sicko. I have yet to see the film, but I think that one of the key takeaways from the documentary on the sorry state of American health care is that in Cuba, comprehensive quality health care is considered a human right.

Cuba gets much wrong -- but after Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Haditha, and frankly 47 million uninsured Americans with no health care -- America has a diminished level of moral credibility to stand on when criticizing illiberal regimes. Today, Cuba is exporting doctors whereas it used to export revolution and weaponry. Without getting too deep for the moment, just ask yourself which country in the world tops the charts on exporting armaments and revolution.

No matter how you slice it, this is a profound demonstration of our policy failures as any.

We are indeed a great and powerful country, but we have been negligent, if not downright callous toward a huge swath of our population.

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