Senator John McCain has gone after Rex Tillerson in an Op-Ed piece claiming that the “America First” policy is detracting the US from enforcing “Human Rights” on the rest of the world. He said that when we deal with countries without enforcing certain human rights conditions on them first, we shatter the “beacon of hope”.
Tillerson said that if we make our National Security goals contingent on forcing someone else to adopt “our values”, we’re not going to get what we want. And he’s right. This is the reason that so many countries have been sinking deeper and deeper into isolation; when the US refused to deal with North Korea for so many years, it exacerbated the issues.
Bishops in Nigeria are even claiming that the US has refused to help them with Muslim attacks because of their stance on Gay marriage.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
“In the real world, as lived and experienced by real people, the demand for human rights and dignity, the longing for liberty and justice and opportunity, the hatred of oppression and corruption and cruelty is reality,” McCain wrote.
“By denying this experience, we deny the aspirations of billions of people and invite their enduring resentment. America didn’t invent human rights. Those rights are common to all people: nations, cultures and religions cannot choose to simply opt out of them.”
Tillerson stated last Wednesday that when it comes to national security, values may sometimes take the back seat to policies.