Mur­phy choosy on dic­ta­tors

Connecticut Post - - OPINION -

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s sum­mit with Kim Jong Un, Sen. Chris Mur­phy re­flex­ively tweeted, “Kim’s gu­lags, pub­lic ex­e­cu­tions, planned starvation, are le­git­imized on the world stage. North Korea ends up BACK- TRACK­ING on pre­vi­ous prom­ises on de­nu­cle­ariza­tion. What the hell?”

Ap­par­ently, it’s only North Korean dic­ta­tors that Se­na­tor Mur­phy de­spises.

He en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ap­plauded the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts to rec­og­nize the Cas­tro regime, re-in­sti­tute diplo­matic re­la­tions, and turn a col­lec­tive blind eye to over a half cen­tury of hu­man rights abuses, mass starvation, tor­ture and im­pris­on­ment of po­lit­i­cal re­form­ers in Cuba.

In fact, Sen Mur­phy said at the time that “Decades of em­bargo and iso­la­tion have not worked to bring fun­da­men­tal change to Cuba… it is high time that we take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to bring democ­racy and pros­per­ity to the peo­ple of Cuba.”

You de­cide: Is Sen Mur­phy a hyp­ocrite, op­por­tunis­tic po­lit­i­cal chameleon, or both?

James P. Feeney

Fair­field

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