My comments on this article:
The old soviet trick play on the culture that stays enraged and caged by its own means
'That was certainly the case for the United States after Abu Ghraib, and it's still the case for the large-scale incarceration of African-Americans in America today." No one forces them to listen to rap music or act out daily the brain washing they wish to receive. They could all go to church work and be just fine. They do not have to commit laws. The idea that Africans are breaking laws for civil rights is like a man saying I drank and drove because I believe i should Be allowed too. They break laws as it is ingrained in their majority cultural network. Majority of African Americans can't go more than one move in their social network where a criminal is not living the rap lifestyle.
" Yes, there are regimes beyond any conceivable pale—the Khmer in Cambodia in the 1970s being perhaps the best example. But most countries exist in grayer zones." Obviously you do not read the gulag reports of Communist Chinese genocide against Democracy, and other cultures in their own country. where they kill tens of thousands yearly for political reasons like free speech and political affiliation. It is style just like Khmer just major zones of show casing like North Korea exist to blind folks like you who do not read scholars collections on Communist China.
"We don’t choose the governments of the world, just as they didn’t choose the United States as global military hegemony." I sure hope you would chose your own country as the hegemony. As no matter if we where or not other countries still very far behind uncivil governance would see us a threat and try and genocide us. As we are so diverse and very good at fitting in anywhere.
"Guantanamo was such a liability because it made it almost impossible to argue against regimes that used torture, denied habeas corpus, or conducted trials in secret." The 911 bombers where all tried in open court. The folks who go to Guantanamo are from a foreign country under siege by war. Those people are considered military prisoners. Jag deals with those court issues. The US has never had open public military trials except for the world wars. Along with that Guantanamo bay tortures of forcing them to take water up their noses, and stand for long periods of time. Is not even considered torture in most countries you speak of. Torture my friend is taken the new wave brain tech we have and slicing open their mind to read their bran waves. That is torture, and in some cases regulated as legal if it is an immediate threat and the trail will grow cold. Do you like not living in anarchy and being nuclear suit case bombed. It does not sound like you do. You know what torture is. watching folks walk into cities and just hacking them up raping a few very young girls to impregnate them with their ideals and babies and killing all old enough to hold a cognition. That is torture my friend, not water up the nose or stand naked. You do not know torture my scholarly friend. Go get into the field. Obviously you are not a filed reporter. Who knows pain and suffering of cite of hate and torture. Talk to some reports that have seen it first hand. They will laugh at you like I do when you call water boarding, and standing torture. The pain you feel after watching a genocide by a hate group is nothing water up nose. ha. In any reporter on the front lines will tell you if it came down to it and one of their families was threatened by one of these actors that will kill your family. Torture is an option. Trust me front line reporters will tell you reality.
"That is all for the best, given how central that relationship is to our mutual prosperity and security, and without those, there can be no viable framework for human rights." You say the relationship is mutual prosperity for security and economy. You are wrong you have the same mind set scholars did towards the German Socialist both wars. However, if you look at our policy towards the Soviets just as big and powerful a centralized non market economy. You would see in parrelle that the Us was doing much better security wise and economically during the Soviet foreign policy than we are now doing with the German Socialist style foreign policy of allowing the Communist to centralize resources, supply lines manufacturing and if you study it they are working on agriculture to them. Along with that read the Communist Chinese PLA's Unrestriced warfare. They explain how they will use Osama Bin laden to attack the Us to drive us into a liquidation war. Which is a war that never ends and forces us to go bankrupt in debt via brain drain and non production economic concentration. Just like Charlie Wilson did to the Soviets. So economically and security wise treating Communist China like we treated teh German Socialist as if their centralized non market economy. Will not again invade small countries to expand their political control and Communist Chinese territories, like they did Mongolia, Uigur, and Tibet, is bad logic and horrible historical analogies on your part. The way we act towards them now is causing us more pain, debt and enemies than if we where to return to reality Soviet style foreign policy.
Your article seems to play patsy with the worlds biggest and richest fascist non market centralized militarized economy. Which is out to destroy Democracy and free markets, as their constitution still calls for it as did the German Socialist constitution and the Soviet.