The Arizona law is indeed being "debated in our own society" -- mostly by a parade of willful ignoramuses from Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano to Attorney General Eric Holder to State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, who have all gone on television to attack the Arizona law and then admit they have yet to read the legislation.
At least all the know-nothings in Washington who voted to cram the health care and stimulus bills down our throats without reading them had a semblance of an excuse. Those mammoth packages were thousands of pages long. The Arizona law is a mere 10 pages.
The betrayal of America's interests by the Obama State Department cannot be understated. Posner proactively brought up the Arizona law "early and often" as an issue of "discrimination or potential discrimination" to smear his own countrymen in front of one of the world's leading repressive regimes -- so repressive, in fact, that Posner's own boss, Hillary Clinton, once demanded that former President Bush boycott the ChiComs over their miserable human rights record. Posner had nothing publicly to say at the briefing about China's own draconian immigration enforcement measures, let alone how it treats its own citizen political dissidents.
But this extreme moral equivalence is par for the course. Remember: The State Department's legal adviser is former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh, who believes that America is such a flagrant violator of international law that it belongs in an "axis of disobedience" with totalitarian regimes like North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq -- and that U.S. Supreme Court rulings should "tip more decisively toward a transnationalist jurisprudence."
And remember: One of President Obama's closest foreign policy advisers is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Harvard law professor and State Department transition team leader Samantha Power, who pooh-poohs the threat of nuclear Iran and praises Obama's commitment to "crossing boundaries" and "talk to dictators," as the New Statesman reported.
Then there's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is busy coddling another government that has been bashing Arizona's law while unapologetically policing its own southern border and kicking out illegal immigrants without a shred of due process: Mexico.
Instead of voicing concern about endangered American citizens, Clinton fretted about the political well-being of Mexican President Felipe Calderon: "We don't want to make his life any harder," Clinton said. I guarantee you he won't show any of the same concern when he comes to Washington on Thursday to beg for more U.S. aid while attacking America as a racist, fascist country.
Foggy Bottom isn't just stuck on stupid. It's stuck on American self-sabotage.