This depressing speech by Hillary Clinton speaks for itself. It stands in stark contrast to the pre-election rhetoric of Barack Obama “When genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that diminishes us.”

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, you are both clearly diminished. As Time noted even back in 2009, “Obama failing Sri Lanka test”.,8599,1897632,00.html

The question is will US civil society – and particular US human rights groups collude with this stance? Or will they – as they did with Sudan and Burma – push the Administration to show more backbone?